A visual image of the opening scenes of the "Secret Garden" presents ideas of what I imagine India like back in 1896-1914 when the bubonic plague hit Bombay. In 1877 Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in Delhi. She never visited India.
This is a repost from 2009
When I lived in Spring, Texas I had the opportunity to purchase this British Colonial Period Parsi Table which came to the Port of Houston from Bombay....
The tiles are English and originally were carefully taken to India and implemented into this Indian table. It is most unusual and causes one to imagine who used it? If this table could talk it would be very interesting. I purchased it in the early 90's from Gail Wiggins who had the opportunity to go to India through her husband's work connections. Gail had a container of British Colonial furniture shipped back to Houston.
This table is certainly a part of the History of Tea.