Church Bells and Darjeeling Tea tells a story from a different era, of different lives. It’s a tale of a ten-year-long stay in a land filled with shivering mist and dense clouds… the land of Orange Pekeo Lopchu Tea, Toy Train and the Kanchenjunga ― Darjeeling! Zeena Choudhury recollects the time she spent in Loreto Convent Darjeeling. Her journey as a ‘Loreto Girl’ began at a time when the Indian subcontinent was experiencing a significant political shift that would eventually leave a traumatic scar on the combined consciousness of its people. Despite that, the jovial child that still plays inside the author’s heart makes the red rhododendrons, green tea gardens and the glowing snow-covered Kanchejungha at dawn burst with vivid colors in the reader’s imagination. Church Bells and Darjeeling Tea is indeed a tale of innocence.
Zeena Choudhury was born in July 1939 in Calcutta. Her early educational years were spent at Loreto Convent Darjeeling from 1946 to 1956 and from where she passed her Senior Cambridge exams. When she married Faruq Choudhury, a diplomat, in 1959, she temporarily discontinued her studies. After Bangladesh’s Independence, she resumed her studies at London University in 1972 where she earned an honours degree in BSc Sociology. In 1980, she got her L. L. M. degree in International Law from Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
On her husband’s retirement and return to Dhaka in 1991, she did several consultancies for UNICEF on the “Rights of Women” and the “Rights of Child”.
In July 1996, she became the Principal and Owner of Kids Tutorial, an