Photographer's Note

Tata tea fields are among the most beautiful ones in the region of Munnar, but they are also the most restricted for visitors.

When I asked my tuk-tuk driver to bring me there, he insisted that they weren't accessible to people. So I've told him to drop me off before the entrance of the estate and to wait for me, as I would try to get in.

To my surprise, there was no one to prevent me to climb the hill of tea trees, so I've made my way up there, when 15 minutes later, a manager ran to me, asking me to leave.

After negotiating for a couple of minutes, pretending that I hadn't had a chance to shoot, I took more photos while going back down.

The problem is that Tata is everywhere in the news for unethical treatment of their employees. In 2009, they locked out 1,000 workers in West Bengal for so long that the local government began distributing food coupons for emergency rations to workers and their families.

In May 2010, a crop sprayer died of suspected poisoning on a Tata estate in Assam, leading to protests at which two more workers were shot dead by riot police.

Tata Tea Limited, also known as Tata-Tetley, is the world's second largest manufacturer and distributor of tea.

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