Message from the Editor

Denys Shortt

22nd February 2019
Denys Shortt has agreed to edit the Koi-Hai website.

As many of you know Denys is the sponsor of the website and is the son of the late Peter Shortt who was a Tea Planter in Assam at Rungagora Tea Estate and Langharjan Tea Estate (1962-1970)  and then Fort Portal in Uganda and Ikumbi Tea Estate (Brooke Bond) at Thika in Kenya.  

Denys believes that preserving history is so important and is very keen to improve the Koi-Hai website because it is such a very important collection of memories. Denys is also part of the London Tea History Association who are creating a legacy for the history of tea in London. 

If you have any old photos of NE India please send them to and we can add them to this website.


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A huge thanks goes to Shona Patel for her hard work as Editor and helping us with recording such wonderful memories on Koi-Hai and for her book recommendations, and of course to David Air for creating Koi-Hai.

** Note : Contributors to this site should determine that their submissions and images do not breach any Copyright laws and/or they  have obtained prior permission to use any article or reproduction by the Copyright holder.
The Editor takes no responsibility for any article that is posted.  "All images and materials on the Koi Hai website are copyright. Permission must be sought first if you intend to use them."

For information please contact the Editor :  Mr Denys Shortt at 


Denys Shortt background :

Lived in Assam to age of 6 - Langharjan Tea Esate 1964 to 1970

Lived in Fort Portal Uganda

Lived in Ikumbi Tea Estate near Thika, Kenya 1971-1972

Father started "The Shakespeare Tea Company" in 1975 in Henley-in-Arden - own brand teabags and loose tea.

Lives in Cotswolds, England on a farm with 35 belted galloway cattle, 150 sheep and runs Cotswold Honey with 2 million honey bees!

Educated - Eagle House School / Warwick School

Sport - England Hockey Player Under 16, Under 18, Under 21 both England indoor and astroturf hockey.

Companies - DCS Group, Enable Software, Enliven brand  

Hobbies - collects classic land rovers and runs Land Rover Collector website