Introducing Chinese tea to India (book review)

Adrian Higgins, in Washington Post, March 28, 2010), reviewing Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History.  In fact, it was a Scotsman Robert Fortune (1812-1880) who smuggled tea plants out of China to create tea plantations in India.

Posted by David Fahey on March 30, 2010 at 09:04 PM in Book Reviews, Britain, China, India, Scotland, Tea | Permalink

Origins of Indian tea (aricle)

Andrew B. Liu, "The Birth of a Noble Tea Country; or the Geography of Colonial Capital and the Origins of indian Tea," Journal of Historical Sociology 23/1(March 2010).

Posted by David Fahey on March 21, 2010 at 01:00 PM in India, Tea | Permalink

India's capital shifting from whiskey to beer and vodka

Long known as a whiskey-drinking city, Delhi has shifted to beer and vodka. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 9, 2010 at 04:29 PM in Beer, India, Vodka, Whiskey | Permalink

Indian pale ale: an icon of empire (working paper)

An abstract and the full paper (Commodities of Empire Working Papers #13) of Alan Pryor (University of Essex), "Indian Pale Ale: An Icon of Empire," is available here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 30, 2009 at 03:06 PM in Beer, Britain, India | Permalink

Merchants of inebriation (conference papers)

World History Association conference, Salem, Massachusetts, June 25-28, 2009.

session, Merchants of Inebriation: The Global Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages

Jai Kharbanda (Queen Mary College, University of London), Algave-based Drinks in Mexico and Abroad after the Conquest

Malcolm Purinton (independent scholar), Colonial Beer: The Birth of India Pale Ale

Connie R. Hudgeons (Albuqueque high school), Inbibing History: Two Lessons about Beverages in World Trade

Posted by David Fahey on June 2, 2009 at 08:31 PM in Alcohol (general), Beer, India, Mexico | Permalink

Drink and drugs revenue in South Asia (article)

Marc Jason Gilbert, "Empire and Excise: Drugs and Drink Revenue and the Fate of States in South Asia," in James H. Mills and Patricia Barton, eds., Drugs and Empires: Essays in Modern Imperialism and Intoxication, 1500-1930 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007): 116-141.

Posted by David Fahey on May 24, 2009 at 04:40 PM in Alcohol (general), Drugs (general), India | Permalink

Opium as a household remedy in India? (article)

Amar Farooqui, "Opium as a Household Remedy in Nineteenth-Century Western India?," Biswamoy Pati and Mark Harrison, eds., The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India (London: Routledge, 2009): 229-237.

Posted by David Fahey on May 21, 2009 at 05:25 PM in India, Opium | Permalink

Cow urine as a soft drink

According to the (London) Times, the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will soon market cow urine as a soft drink.  It will be called gau jal, the Sanskrit for "cow water." For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on February 12, 2009 at 09:06 PM in India, Soft Drinks | Permalink

Opium in 1838 (book review)

Hephzibah Anderson reviews Amitav Ghosh's novel Sea of Poppies here.

Posted by David Fahey on October 15, 2008 at 08:29 PM in Book Reviews, Britain, China, India, Opium | Permalink

Sea of Poppies (another book review)

In the (South Africa) Times, Michael Titlestad reviews Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies. For the review, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on September 27, 2008 at 07:54 PM in Book Reviews, India, Opium | Permalink