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. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).