The impact on life is huge. Darjeeling receives a major part of its revenue from tourism, and tourists were stranded without warning. Water supply was limited, roads were closed, supplies were limited and the markets were emptied of fresh produce. For our tea production at Makaibari, it was a challenge to obtain the raw materials needed to keep the factory running - coal, diesel, water, even cash to make payroll. For the moment, normalcy has returned but this plays havoc with the district's revenue. Without tourism and tea, Darjeeling has nothing. A permanent resolution is sorely needed. (Photo courtesy of Matt Monroe).