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Flower Raj “Articles” – A Review

pen & inkwell

We were asked to make  a section of The Flower Raj devoted to self-publishing; where anyone can have their own account & create, edit & publish their own material. The Flower Raj Articles debuted in June 2011 & has been a quiet treasure ever since.

some of the authors:

george farrow

Sadhu George Farrow – prolific, scholarly; Hevajra Tantra, Sadhus.

Bashka JacobsBashka Jacobs – poems, free verse;  more on  facebook.

Buddha BoudreauxBuddha Boudreaux – personal bodyguard of Bhagwan  (Osho) .

Vinaya ChaitanyaVinaya Chaitanya – Gurukula life…

Jose LargeJose Large – “Miss Rose – Departures”, poetry in motion.

Neal RockNeil Rock – stories, memories of travel.

Another author.Christopher Freeland – changes India put him through.

Another author.

Mike Lesser – Tony Jackson, the electroshock ward.

Brice BowmanBrice Bowman – his ’60s journey to India .

Nico MorrisonNico Morrison – the Jogini hydro dispute.


Why not join The Flower Raj Articles? Use the  Contact Form & we will make you an account & email it to you. Write for yourself & right for us…

It is a simple process (though capable of refinement); basically you write your article in plain text on your laptop (or ‘phone or internet cafe) & then login to the articles site & paste in your text; you save it, you check it, you preview it & if it’s OK – you hit publish & it’s out there.

Additionally you can add images which always spice up an article; & if you want to add a video inside the article, you make a Youtube video & then just embed it.

Sooooooo simple; so all you budding writers out there, get stuck in, sharpen your pens & your wits & add your material to The Flower Raj Articles.


Idiots! In the Land of the Gods!

Perhaps this site should be subtitled “Idiots in the Land of the Gods” along the lines of Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin and others of that venerable lineage of literary lunatics. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky

The innocent; the obsessed; the intoxicated; the stoned; the lovers of life; the runners from reality; the addicted; the self-important; the self-styled; the gurus; the shishyas; the chelas; the ticket-less; the visa-less.

The ones who threw their money away every evening so they’d start each day with nothing; the ones who walked barefoot from Europe to India, without passports, detouring around every border post on foot.

Those who hired horses and became Afghan tribesmen for the duration, bought the horse in Kandahar and sold it on the Khyber Pass for a small profit.

The ones who walked from Kathmandu to Thyangboche monastery past the base of Mount Everest and became wood-block printers until the rainy season drove them back. Thyangboche Monastery c1964.

Barefoot babas; naked nagas; on the ice to Badrinath & Kedarnath shivering intoxicated in rude blankets and chillum smoke.

How to tell their stories; how to listen to them? What will be lost and what should be retained?


Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Idiot

Thyangboche Monastery – FAO


Wikipedia – Thyangboche Monastery