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Statue of Emporer Shen Nung - Silver Tips Tea Online Tea ShopLegend has it that Emperor Shen Nung was strolling through his garden, drinking his usual cup of boiled water, when a leaf from a nearby bush fell into this cup.  This was in 2737 B.C.  He was not only pleased with its taste but with early knowledge of herbal medicine, soon declared it to be medicinal drink.

In the sixteenth century B.C., the Taoist philosopher Lao-tzu also mentions tea in his great travels.  It is a fact that by 500 B.C., the people of Asia were drinking tea.  The first tea practices were primitive - boiling raw green leaves in water - resulting, no doubt in a bitter, nasty tasting drink.  Although...

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 Jul 08, 2021  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Rare Amphibian found at Makaibari

Here's strange and wondrous news. Apparently, a professor dedicated to the mysteries of a strange type of amphibian called "caecilians" was in Makaibari earlier this year. He was looking for a specific type of 'caecilian' indigenous to the Darjeeling/Sikkim area. The monsoons had not quite begun and he left without seeing any. After his departure, the rains came and lo and behold, these rare amphibians were spotted at Makaibari! As Rajah Banerjee, owner of Makaibari, said, "They were popping up everywhere".

They resemble earthworms and are amphibians without limbs. They stay underground and are, therfore, hard to find and difficult to study. Their reproduce in the most unusual of ways and best left for the Discovery channel. The world's media has descended on Makaibari and this little story has now been covered on all the...

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 Jul 30, 2008  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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