india jones!

realised today I never watched “Indiana jones & the temple of doom” pretty good & much of it set in india!

this is the ‘thuggee’ ceremony. the thugs roamed unchecked for many hundred years until Sleeman went on the warpath

“The Thugs were suppressed by the British rulers of India during the 1830s.[6] The initiative was due largely to the efforts of civil servant William Henry Sleeman, who captured “Feringhea” (also known as Syeed Amir Ali, on whom the novel Confessions of a Thug is based) and persuaded him to turn King’s evidence. Feringhea brought Sleeman to a grave with a hundred bodies, told him the circumstances of the murders and named the Thugs who had committed them.[13]

After initial investigations confirmed what Feringhea had said, Sleeman began an extensive campaign using profiling and intelligence. The government of India established the Thuggee and Dacoity Department in 1835, with Sleeman its first superintendent. Thousands of men were imprisoned, executed or expelled from British India.[6]

The campaign relied on captured Thugs who became informants. These informants were offered protection on the condition that they told everything that they knew. By the 1870s the Thug cult was extinct, but the history of Thuggee led to the Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) of 1871. Although the CTA was repealed at Indian independence, tribes considered criminal still exist in India.[14][15] The Thuggee and Dacoity Department remained in existence until 1904, when it was replaced by the Central Criminal Intelligence Department (CID). [Wikipedia].

as a boy I read the deceivers, john masters factional depiction of thuggee & sleeman. excellent 1952 adventure story.

a short hiatus

my beloved k2 WordPress theme seems to have been discontinued. it had three dynamic columns & I knew it backwards.

so I’m going to take a little time to format this blog, find a new theme, install plugins & make sure it is search-engine friendly.

meanwhile I work on the Diego Garcia 1973 story & enjoy the tranquillity of south goa.

Patnem Beach Sunset.
Patnem Beach Sunset.

first post – an introduction

some readers will know me from ‘the flower raj’ website, which this supercedes. others will be new to my passion for writing & my obsession with India.

Swami, Rat & Me 1967.
Swami, Rat & Me 1967.
Dhungri, Manali 1996.
Dhungri, Manali 1996.
About to enter Rehab 1994.
About to enter Rehab 1994.
Playing Bansuri 2010.
Playing Bansuri 2010.
In front of The Tardis 2011
In front of The Tardis 2011
Vashisht Village 2011
Vashisht Village 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So – why ‘The Art of Writing‘? Well, I am with Charlotte Brontë on this;  she wrote “It is not that I want to write, but that I have to write“. (found on a postcard at the Brontë  museum earlier this year 2017).

And why kill off ‘the flower raj‘ website? I started it as a simple tribute to my deceased oldest traveller friend Jasper Newsome (Alias Ram Giri Baba).

Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.
Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.
Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.
Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.
Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.
Jasper Khumba Mela 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

I maintained the flower raj for eight years; it was great practice for writing as I was collecting & editing other people’s contributions. I learnt how to deal with people online; some were great writers but awful people; some were so nice but couldn’t spell to save their lives; and just a few were wonderful writers & a pleasure to work with.

This new start allows me to write what I like & what I need to write, so “On The Road“. The truth will set you free (if it doesn’t kill you).

external links

facebook   (has many of the flower raj photos & ten years of postings).

charlotte brontë (author of  jane eyre & other works, a revolutionary of her time).