By– Arup Kumar Datta
Arup Kumar Datta– A Short Biography
Amp Kumar Datta was born in 1946 at Jorhat in Assam. He was educated at cAna car and at Delhi University. He served as a professor in English for many; ars at JB College, Jorhat. His published works ‘The Adventure Stories’ (1978), Brahmaputra (2001) has been translated into many foreign languages.
This is a very short description of Assam, a North-Eastern State of India. This state is famous for its tea plantations. In this extract Pranjol, a youngster from Assam is Rajvir’s classmate at a school in Delhi. Pranjol’s father is the manager of a tea-garden in Upper Assam and Pranjol has invited Rajvir to visit his home during the summer vacation.
In ‘Tea from Assam’ Arup Kumar Datta describes how popular tea has become as a beverage in the world. Over 80 crore cups of tea are drunk every day throughout the world. It shows the increasing popularity of tea. The lesson gives a graphic description of the sea of tea bushes stretching as far as eyes can go in Assam. The plucking of the newly sprouted leaves by groups of tea-pluckers with bamboo baskets on their backs are vividly described in the lesson.
Vendor = seller (फेरी वाला,विक्रेता); high-pitched = sharp sound (तीखी आवाज़); sipped =drink with lips (चुस्की लेना); steaming = emitting steam (धुआँ) whew = word of exclamation (विस्मय का शब्द); pulled out = came out (बाहर आना); detective = suspenseful (जासूसी); ardent = strong (तीव्र); keener = very much (बहुत अधिक); magnificent = beautiful (सुन्दर); backdrop = background (पृष्ठभूमि); densely wooded = thick forest (घना जंगल); stretched = spread (फैला हुआ) dwarfing = making others look small (छोटा करते हुए) sturdy = strong (मजबूत) Billowing out = coming out (बाहर आना); excitedly = with excitement (उत्तेजना से); concentration = with a large number (बड़ी संख्या में); legends = myths (किवदंतियाँ); twigs = branches (टहनियाँ); delicious = tasty (स्वादिष्ट); flavour = smell (सुगंध); scoffed = laughed (हँसे); ascetic = monk (भिक्षु); eyelids = the layers covering the eyes (पलकें); meditations = deep thoughts (साधना/चिन्तन); banished = removed (दूर करना); beverage = a drink (पेय); clattered = made a clattering sound (खड़खड़ की आवाज़ करना); veered = moved (हिला ); pruned = cut (काटना); aprons = outer dress (एप्रन); sprouted = grown (उगना) Second-flush = second season (दूसरा मौसम); lasts = remains (रहना); yields = gives out (प्रदान करना)