My Life in Orange

My Life in Orange

by TimGuest (Author)

Synopsis

In 1981 Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune in a small village in Suffolk. It was modelled on the teachings of the famous Indian guru , Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy and sexual freedom. Both were given Sanskrit names, dressed entirely in orange and instructed to completely abandon their former identities. Tim - or Yogesh, as he was now known - spent the rest of his childhood in Bhagwan's various communes in England, Oregon, Pune and Cologne. While his mother meditated, chanted and ran therapy groups, Yogesh lived a life of unsupervised freedom, occasionally catching glimpses of the strange behaviour of the adults around him. In 1985 the movement collapsed after Bhagwan's arrest and Yogesh was once again Tim, about to start life at a secondary school in North London, alone with the secret of his extraordinary childhood. In his first book, Guest describes the other-worldly experience of growing up in a environment of unsupervised freedom and often disturbing adult behaviour.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Granta Books
Published: 15 Jan 2004

ISBN 10: 1862076324
ISBN 13: 9781862076327

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Imagine growing up with 200 mothers and 200 fathers. What would it be like to live in a commune with daily chants, meditation and muesli on the menu? In 1981 Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune in a small village in Suffolk, modelled on the teachings of guru Bhagwan, who preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy and sexual freedom. He spent the rest of his childhood in Bhagwan's various communes in England and abroad. While his mother meditated and chanted, Guest lived a life of unsupervised freedom, occasionally catching glimpses of the strange behaviour of the adults around him. Written in unsentimental prose, this is the funny, and sometimes poignant, story of a little boy alone in a house full of orange people.
Author Bio
Tim Guest writes for the Guardian and Daily Telegraph. He lives in London.