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Amar Chitra Katha.

Sita in the Amar Chitra Kath.
The Trailer of Amar Chitra Katha’s Saraswati graphic novel.

Amar Chitra Katha (“Immortal Captivating (or Picture) Stories“) is one of India’s largest selling comic book series, with more than 90 million copies sold in 20 Indian languages. Founded in 1967, the imprint has more than 400 titles that retell stories from the great Indian epics, mythology, history, folklore, and fables in a comic book format. It was created by Anant Pai, and published by India Book House. In 2007, the imprint and all its titles were acquired by a new venture called ACK Media. On 17 September 2008, a new website by ACK-media was launched. [Wikipedia].

A list of titles in the Indian Amar Chitra Katha comic book series shows how “Uncle Pai” began with traditional [mostly] classic Hindu mythology & how over the years the franchise has metamorphosed into a broader scope. [Wikipedia].

I learnt much of my knowledge of Hindu mythology from Amar Chitra Kath. And I’m not the only one.

A Tribute to Uncle Pai. Family, friends, colleagues & children.

I collected, read, absorbed, titles ranging from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Shiva, Nehru, Jataka tales, many more. Subliminal education. When my children started to read I gave them ACK titles. They gave some of these to their children. All loved the books. Now I have none left. Last week I posted the DVD of Gatochkata to my grandson Dylan, My daughter says he loves it.

Thank you Uncle Pai.

Amar Chitra Kath.

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Comments on BUSTED! Series

BUSTED! - The Comic Book Legal Defence Fund.

Well! BUSTED! This ten part series & a prequel is great. So here we are: http://theflowerraj.org/ . We promote the stories of our small band of  travellers. Nine years since we began.We want to collect & collate these lives before we are all gone, those who made the long journeys overland in the 50s & 60s, those who flew out from California with Owsley LSD dripping from their pockets, We are all old & have not much time left.

 

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News on The Flower Raj

Nico - Rohtang Pass 1996I am Nico Morrison & run this Blog & the associated Photo albums, Encyclopaedia & Multimedia video & Audio pages. I have been out of action with both a broken shoulder & a severe depression (bipolar) that I am prone to from time to time. Bane of my life.

The plan is to restart everything; currently I can only receive emails at micronicos@gmail.com so please contact me at that address if you have any queries or concerns.

Many apologies for my extended absence & a newsletter with further details & other material will be sent to all my lovely subscribers & contributors.

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Those we remember.

At this festive season we gather all those The Flower Raj has remembered; this oral history is one of the main aims of this site, to remember, for our children & for their children…

Those we remember in The Flower Raj Photos In Memoriam Album, bless them all:

More in The Flower Raj Encyclopaedia, see Deceased, includes Ohne Zee & Australian John McInerney. rip.

If you would like someone else remembered, please Comment below or in our Contact Us form.

Let us hope that they are all enjoying, wherever they are now & whoever they have been reborn as.

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Donations Appeal.

The Flower Raj needs funds for our services which include Radio Flower Raj & also our Video streaming hosting; so I am making an appeal, anything from 5$ or 5£ & up would be most gratefully accepted. You can help by using a Credit or Debit Card & of course by Paypal also.

THE FLOWER RAJ DONATIONS PAGE

If you need help with donating, please email me at donations@theflowerraj.org

Meanwhile, donations or not, I would like to wish you all a great festive season, it is you who contribute the material, the photos, the videos, the lovely articles & without you The Flower Raj would not go on growing.

Thank you all.
Nico Morrison
London UK
December 22nd, 2013.

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Eight Finger Eddie’s advice…

Eddie's advice.

Eight Finger Eddie – Advice in “Pigs & Palms”, Goa 1975

Eddie lived on Anjuna Beach from the late 1960s & was often concerned for the young & inexperienced travellers who experienced ‘bad trips’; here is his advice on how to come down. Still relevant today, viva The Stoned Pig Magazine! Eddie himself had stopped taking drugs in 1963 although he was fond of an occasional shot of dark rum.

I don’t know which year Eddie started his soup kitchen for indigent travellers, but it was running in 1969 when I lived briefly on Anjuna Beach. He had let it be known that anyone with spare uncooked food, often only rice & dal, could bring it to him & whatever was available in the late morning would be cooked up & served to whoever appeared; anyone could turn up & get a basic meal; this was literally a lifesaver for some of the crazier boys & girls.

He was also known for being able to handle people who had flipped out; he’d tie them to a coconut tree until they came down, rough & ready perhaps but it usually worked & afterwards they would join the queue for the soup kitchen as often people flipped out from lack of food as much as from too many drugs.

He’d talk to them in his crazy-seeming rapid-fire monologue, which if you listened to it was usually good old-fashioned parental-like advice, but couched in Eddies own inimitable Beatnik/Hippie style.

The Stoned Pig magazine was started by Tarot Ray Selby, who wrote:

“The original idea came out of a realization during 1974, whilst tripping on a full-moon night in late season that we freaks had been shitting on our own doorstep and were too stoned out – in the wrong way – to realize what we had done and were/are doing Tin cans purchased by freaks, from the fruit-juice vendors lay discarded half-buried in broken glass, used Tampax, shitty newspaper, broken ampoules, cigarette packs and the other waste products of a Stoned-out sub-culture of the modern western mixed-drug culture removed to a once deserted palm beach paradise.”

“I had learnt that it would cost very little and be an important service to the beaches of Goa and to our ecosystem in general to publish a broadsheet that gave simple instructions as to functioning in an environment such as we lived in, in a clear and healthy manner.” From Year of the Pig.

Eddie officiating marriage Anjuna.

Eddie took on many roles & even officiated at marriage ceremonies on the beach, he became a kind of alternative minister; there was a certain cachet too in having the oldest hippie officially bless your union.

Eddie & Nico - Jan 2010 Anjuna.

I left North Goa in March 1970 & didn’t meet Eddie again until January 2010 when Georgette took me to see him; he of course didn’t remember me & I remembered him only as a kind of symbol of the Goa 1960s scene; it turned out he was this really nice, friendly, skinny old man of 86, living alone with few visitors & supported by a couple of devoted much younger friends who saw to it that he got his meals & had his rent paid.

The next day I came back alone with a bottle of dark rum & a couple of cans of Coke & we sat in the looming evening of a Goan winters day, drinking & talking.

When I left I could hardly walk; Eddie seemed unchanged by the alcohol.

I never saw him again & nine months later he died.

Eddie on The Flower Raj encyclopaedia.

Eddie in The Flower Raj photo albums.

(thanks to Peter Thomas for alerting me to the Stoned Pig article).

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