Partap Agarwal was an anthropology professor at Colgate University in upstate New York for a good part of his active working life. He is now retired and lives in Whitefield, Bangalore, and at Navadarshanam in Tamil Nadu. For about 16 years he has been writing a weekly story – ‘The Harvest’ (upto 2006), which has been published in 4 volumes.
‘Quaker’ is just a nickname. The real name of Quakers is ‘Friends’, collectively called members of the Society of Friends. George Fox founded this movement in 1650 in England. He experienced enlightenment after persistent, quiet contemplation and taught his followers that they did not need organized church or priests between them and God, for He was within all of us. Quakers meet on Sundays for silent worship in what they call the Meeting House, or in homes of members.