Category: Creative Writings

Response to Covid-19

This is my contribution to the many ongoing discussions on how to bring awareness to the risks of COVID-19 and the actions needed to keep us all healthy. I am not trying to convince anyone to take the same position as mine, nor increase divisions;...

Staying clear-headed in the time of COVID19

This is my contribution to the many ongoing discussions on how to bring awareness to the risks of COVID-19 and the actions needed to keep us all healthy. I am not trying to convince anyone to take the same position as mine, nor increase divisions;...

Hindustani Classical Music: a Muslim-Hindu Orgasm

A warm spring night in New Delhi, April 1979. I’m seated on carpets under a cavernous and brightly-coloured marquee set up in a park. Around me a no-less brightly-coloured crowd eats fried snacks, attends to straggling infants and periodically calls out approval to some particularly...

Journey to the East 1972-84

  How did it all begin, this abiding connection of mine with India that by now has lasted for almost half a century? My earliest hint of it was an old yellow hardcover book ‘A Guide to Fourteen Asiatic Languages’ inexplicably discovered on my parents...

A Farmyard Childhood in Kent 1961-72

“Long easy minutes, surrounded by my creatures Nestled in the warm oak Surrounded by the night air Endless air, fresh lying on endless fields Nature’s excess, bounded by man’s needs Ancient pattern of stone on soil Stream on slope, damp on leaf Set the scene...

How To Become a Hippy 1970-78

In the autumn of 1970, at the age of fifteen I wrote this: “Stephen Dunster, being of sound mind, doth hereby his future life, whatever it be worth, to the furthering of beauty, peace and love unto the far corners of the Earth.” How did...

DRAGONY: A Fable

Being a fable that came to me in 1991 during Mystic Rose silent sitting in Lao Tsu Walkway, Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, India Illustrations by Chinmaya Dunster Frontispiece: ‘Old-Saw-Herself’, together with a tiny portrait of the Fire Man. Endpiece: In the Land of the...


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