About us

Welcome to lots of memories of Assam and North-East India on this wonderful Koi-Hai website.

Koi-Hai means "who's there?" and was a phrase used by tea planters when they entered the bar at the Planters Clubs in India. 

For some recent tea history videos - click here


Our Editor :

Denys Shortt has agreed to edit, update and sponsor the Koi-Hai website.

His parents Peter & Rosemary Shortt were at Langharjan and Rungagora Tea Estates from 1952 - 1970. 

More details here


Koi-Hai Social Media

FACEBOOK -  please join our Koi-Hai group - this is a private group - click here

GOODREADS  - we now have a Koi-Hai group on Goodreads - click here

ANCESTRY SEARCH - click here



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Videos on Tea Tasting and more - click here

Also on Instagram @teahistorycollection

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Note :

A huge thanks to Alan Lane, Larry Brown and Leon Lyell for the constant help they give on this website.  Also to the late Derek Perry.

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.

** Important : 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."

Calcutta song below - 

"Calcutta" stayed a the top of the US pop chart for two weeks while the album, with its combination of easy listening tunes and covers of then-popular rock singles, charted at #1 for two weeks,[2] spending three months on the chart. At the time "Calcutta" reached #1, Welk, who was 57, became the oldest artist to have a number one pop single in the U.S. (His record would be broken three years later by Louis Armstrong who at age 63 topped the singles charts with "Hello, Dolly!" in early 1964.) "Calcutta" was also a hit on the Hot R&B Sides chart, where it peaked at #10.[3]