Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Post Office Baba – Banaras 1960s.

Post Office Baba lying nude on his mat on the steps of the main Banaras Post Office, 1963.

When we lived in Banaras in the 1960s, there were numerous unusual people & places, with Post Office Baba, above, one of the more visible. When a friend  recently emailed this image, several of us kicked around the meaning that it has for us today, 45 years later.

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Dave Tomory & Oral History

Studs Terkel "Hard Times".So I ordered “Hard Times” from the London interlibrary system after my last meeting with Dave.  Studs Terkel seemed a good person to start my oral history research with.

But it didn’t arrive in time for this meeting and I had some vague questions about the different types of people who had gone to India and their reasons for doing so.

After rejecting my proposal “Beats, Buddhists, Freaks & Swamies” (‘I was too late for the Beats ….’ ) Dave patiently answered my incoherent queries; we ended up with five minutes of audio.

I would suggest to anyone interested in contemporary history that they read some Studs, or listen to one of his many audio recordings, a great communicator was he.

Five minute interview with Dave Tomory:

 

Download here:

Friday 28th August 2009 – North London, UK – podcast feed HERE

Oral History:

“Hard Times”, by Studs Terkel, is an oral history of the Great (American) Depression, published in 1970.  It is interesting to me that he wrote it 40 years after the Great Depression began in 1929. It seems that a generation space (30 to 40 years) is needed to achieve some distance from an oral history subject.

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Site Update – 18 Sept ’09

I am soliciting feedback and comments on the structure of this site:
http://theflowerraj.org/
A simple Home Page (above) gives entry to the;

THREE MAIN SECTIONS:

BLOG (Articles, Stories, Reporting):
http://blog.theflowerraj.org
factual or fantastical, text, images, audio and video.

PHOTOS (People, Places, Art):
http://photos.theflowerraj.org
one album per person – linked to the wiki page.

WIKI (small encyclopaedia):
http://wiki.theflowerraj.org
each page is linked to the relevant photo album.

Example:
Jasper Photo album is linked to Jasper Wiki page;
http://photos.theflowerraj.org/v/people/in_memoriam/jasper_newsome/
http://wiki.theflowerraj.org/index.php/Jasper_Newsome

My next work is to add wiki pages to the existing photo albums (Bhaskar, TJ, Mataji, et al); after that I’ll start adding in people whose photos I have, giving them a photo album and a wiki page each.

Feel free to make comments on anything. Complaints on navigation, style, etc to me by email only please.

You can login to the Wiki to create and update pages.
You can log in to the Photo albums to make Comments on photos.
Blog posts can be commented on without a login but are moderated.

Test it all out – I want bugs out before the site gets too much momentum!

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