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).