To - The Registrar
I am bothering you about a very
old matter with which your University was concerned. I come from a village called
Pusegaon, Taluka Khatav, District Satara, Maharashtra State, India. The Gokhale
Institute of Politics and Economics, Fergusson Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune (Old
Poona) Maharashtra State, India suggested this village for study of village life
by a group of six students from Bristol University, U.K. Accordingly, six students
including one doctor couple had come by their own vehicle all the way from U.K.
and spent some six months at Satara, Maharashtra State, India visiting village
Pusegaon and photographing and studying its life during that entire period. This
was sometime in the year 1960 or around that time. The team of students had created
a lot of good-will and friendship in the village at that time. I was then a High
School going student. I too distinctly recollect the period under consideration.
is heard about the kind of films or reports which these students had prepared.
Village life has undergone a sea-change since then. I am personally interested
in seeing the films and the literature of those pre-development stages of the
village, when the village was very small, people were mostly agriculturists, and
there was no electricity, no tap water etc. I will be immensely obliged if you
could send me the literature, cassettes, etc. or guide me suitably to the correct
persons so that I can collect the same from them.
I hope you will take the
trouble of locating the details of the above visit and of the study of the students
from your University and help me in getting the required material, which I need
out of sheer curiosity about the same.
Registrar located Tony Morrison via the Alumni register and he immediately despatched
to India copies of the General Report of the expedition , a video of the film
work, photos and other memorabilia. It was the beginning of an ongoing exchange
of information and a lasting friendship now maintained on behalf of the team by
Peter Krinks , Tony and Roger Tutt.