As you wind up the Pankhabari road towards Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, you are mesmerized by the immense beauty stretching all around you. Steep hills lined with green tea bushes, women plucking leaves, winding trails through tea plantations and bamboo trees everywhere. The romance of the area fills the air. You can imagine living out your days here surrounded by the serenity. As you enter Makaibari territory, you notice everyone greeting you with smiles as you drive by. This is a couple of years ago and I am with Rajah Banerjee, 4th generation owner and his wife, Srirupa, my sister. We are family and so are all of Makaibari's workers. Some have been there all their lives.