About us

Denys Shortt

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. 

Our Editor :

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

Denys is the 6th generation of the Shortt family to have lived in India. He grew up in Assam on the Langharjan Tea Estate, owned by Jorehaut Tea Company, with his parents Peter & Rosemary Shortt. 

On returning to the UK in 1975 the family founded The Shakespeare Tea Company in Henley-in-Arden.

Denys has founded and runs two companies employing over 500 people - DCS Group and Enable Software


Denys values his background in tea and believes that preserving the history of tea is very important. Denys is a founder member of the London Tea History Association - a group of people who are creating a legacy for the history of tea in London. Denys is also setting up a Tea History Collection in Banbury. 

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

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.

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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."