From time to time, CIVA has published art books as fundraisers. CIVA's occasional forays into book publishing have been disproportionately successful, particularly Keath Fraser's international best-selling Bad Trips.
the worst trip possible.
For James Fenton, it was a taxi ride through the seamy streets of wartime
Saigon. Anita Desais may well have been her frigid, fishy, mid-winter
visit to a Norwegian island, whileat four-thirty in the morningRedmond
OHanlon discovered that he was sharing an islet in the rising Orinoco
River with hundreds of scorpions. And Jonathan Raban was held at knifepoint
for reaching for his passport in a Louisiana pool hall.
From the Arabian desert to the urban wasteland, from an ornate Southern
California inn to a Colombian slaughterhouse cum cocaine front, the brilliant
evocative entries in this collection take us to the farthest extremes
of travel with riveting tales of danger, disorientation, and beumused
discomfort. Combining reportage, fiction, and poetry and representing
many of the best-known writers of our time, Bad Trips is both harrowing
and exhilarating, enthralling us with the phenomenon of misadventure endured.
The only aspect of our travels that is guaranteed to hold an
audience is disaster.... Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.Martha
Edited and with an introduction by Keath Fraser. Vintage Books, 1991 (352 p.)
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CIVA has operated continuously since 1981. Our early supporters included many generous members of Canada's artistic communities. Here are some highlights from our past:
- India, Finally!
My father’s stories about playing polo with maharajas, having tea at Udaipur's Lake Palace and hiking through Himalayan rhododendron forests were what first inspired me. And then, probably as a result of growing up in an economically, politically and climatically temperate place like Vancouver, I became drawn to the extremes India offered...
- New Life to the Himalayan Hills
The continuing success of CIVA in assisting with rural redevelopment in India depends almost exclusively on two factors: the generosity of our supporters in Canada, and the collaboration with honest and dedicated members of carefully selected nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India.
- CHIRAG: Entering the New Millenium
CIVA was the first foreign NGO to support CHIRAG and what originated over a decade ago as a vision for a self-reliant community has today transformed itself into a 90-person organization that is among the premier NGOs of the Central Himalaya.
- Evolution of an NGO
Based on prior knowledge of the area, healthcare was a clearly identified need. It was also felt that such a service oriented programme would enable CHIRAG to get closer to the people and help establish their bona fides and credibility in a shorter timeframe.
- Proposal for Education Programme in Rapar Taluka
We plan to integrate the health and education programs for overall development of not only the children but the whole community. The education program focuses on having a long-term impact on the literacy and education level of the village children.
- Ahmedabad Team Update
MARAG is working in total 25 villages of Rapar. The villages that are selected for this project are Sharneshwar, Jethasari, Vekra, Maiyapatti, Lakdawandh, Kharsar, Lalsari, Ravechi Nagar, Mananiwandh, and Venusar
Please note that Walls of India and Dry Wells of India are currently out of print. However, Bad Trips is still available for sale. Thank you for your interest!
The Walls of India
Prose by George Woodcock; Paintings by Toni Onley. Toronto: Lester
& Orpen Dennys, 1985, 136 p. Out of print.
The Dry Wells of India: An Anthology Against Thirst
Selected Poems Entered in the Canadian Poetry Contest 1987–88
Edited by George Woodcock; Foreword by Margaret Atwood. Harbour Publishing, 1989, 94 p.
Out of print.