Got a shovel?

Got a shovel?

Chris Raja There is nothing I like more than shovelling pooh. I remember the first time I did it. I was with my friend Ben and we went to Marcus’s place on Ilparpa Road to get some manure for my raised vegetable garden. Ben took his ute and together we drove out to...
Running with the ball

Running with the ball

Chris Raja On a recent visit to Melbourne my three year old daughter and I visited Ann Mancini whom I have always loved for, among other things, her ability to combine affection with frankness. Over tea and biscuits we talked about family, art and then football. I...
Stick-nest rat

Stick-nest rat

Chris Raja We are nestled in a valley deep in spinifex country underneath breakaway rock looking for the nest of an extinct rat. Roger, Ben and I are on a rocky track not far from Ewaninga some forty minutes South of Alice Springs off the old South Road that runs to...
Olive Pink and The First Garden

Olive Pink and The First Garden

Chris Raja In the 1920s, almost forty years before Amnesty International first raised the awareness of human rights, Olive Pink was deeply distressed by what she read and heard about the massacres and brutal treatment of the Warlpiri and Aranda people who live in...
New Monthly Blogger: Chris Raja!

New Monthly Blogger: Chris Raja!

First off, we’d like to thank Sam Cooney for his excellent, stimluating posts. Next up we have Chris Raja, who was recently published in our 70.3 India India edition. His bio Chris Raja migrated to Melbourne from Calcutta in 1986, and almost twenty years later...