I’m hitting Publish & heading for the airport & then India; below is where I’m going; I’ll be sitting on that rock, watching the sun set slowly over the ocean, Jai Hind! Jai Bharat Mata! Jai Ho!
25/05/09 – I mention the phrase The Flower Raj in an email to Dave Tomory who liked it & thereby rescued it from obscurity; Dave allows me to pester him & tells me about Oral History – thanks!
01/06/09 – domain name theflowerraj.org registered with Joker.Com.
13/07/09 – WordPress blog installed, first post, a boring techie Update.
07/08/09 – Arthur Mandelbaum writes: “I think the ‘Flower Raj’ site is a magnificent idea, not only to access the past, but to know what’s happening now and to get a good glimpse of the future. Since Jasper’s demise is the inspiration for this, I have recalled a partial list of those whose adventures intersected with my travels in India and Nepal and a few I met later.”
And Arthur went on finding names & contacting people & interviewing & rescuing, he has done so much – he is someone without whom this site would be much less than it is. Thanks!
And PeN – who has patiently allowed me to rummage amidst voluminous writings & massive miscellanea & put up with my short temper & insecurities. Thanks!
Others have written or provided material that I’ve edited & posted on the blog, Paul Giraud, Smiljan Siska, David Tomory, Marilyn Stablein, Andy Klein & Charlie Martin. Thanks!
Others have written material that is going to be posted on the blog, Neil Rock, David Buschman, Brice Bowman, Richard Tenzin Mueller. Thanks (& ‘real soon now’)!
Some have interacted via Comments (& emails which I then posted as Comments or made into a post like the Post Office Baba discussion post). Ziska & Andrew Somerville & Klaus Schlichtmann & Steve Landsberg, Hetty Maclise & Robert Beer; Torben Huss, Tobias Moss & Steve Abrams, Paul Guerin & Jay Winogrond, Heidi Spielhagen & Keith Dowman, Brian Bombay & John Moon & Deniz & Geoffrey D; Marianna Rydvald, Deborah Shri Devi & Heather Williams, Gill Farrer-Halls & Kimo Morrison, Constance Rivemale, Eve Neuhaus & Terris Temple. Thanks!
Others provided photos & remembrances, often sweet & touching ones, especially when they have come from the families of the Gone Beyond; Oberne/Fishman/Diels family Rebecca & Isaac bless them; Susu Morrison & Penny Ohana; William (Swayambu Billy) Forbes, Nik Douglas, Margo Sagov & Caroline Deakin & others in Goa & Europe & Australia, the Caribbean & the US of A. Thanks!
I’ve been much stimulated by Rock ‘n Roll Raj – Andrew Rogers, a great resource. Thanks!
And there’s the back-office support, the excellent Bob Hutchinson of MidWales.Com who has put up with my fumbling programming & immediate capacity to totally forget how UNIX permissions work. Thanks!
We’re a small niche site, here’s some stats (these are unique visitor views as of 21/11/09):
It will take time to build a larger audience, as the content breadth & depth slowly grows.
So I’m off! To India and you won’t hear from me until I get connected & see the man in Chauri Bazaar for a phone & data SIM, about a week from today.
More later from the Molyma Hotel, Canacona, Near Palolem, South Goa, India & above is the only photograph I could find of it … Google Map Here.
(photo credit hueystar @ flickr with thanks)