India 2011 Spring Travel Journals And Articles

  • The circle is open, but never broken...

    andreav

    by: andreav

    created on: May 03, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Being a tourist can be transformative. Living, being, sharing experiences with those whom you are "touisting" creates a situation beyond transformation. So many in our group have captivated this gleaning the benefits, which they will take home, and integrate into their own lives. Our last week here together in Auroville, was full! We shared our learnings via a tree metaphore, the roots (sources of activities and influences), the trunk (beliefs, …

  • The Search of the Unknown

    FunkyMonk311

    by: FunkyMonk311

    created on: May 03, 2011 | Pondicherry, India

    It is all about what one makes of their opportunities.  From stepping off the plane to traveling and living in the 'city of human unity,' we all have grown and blossomed into the fruit of insight.   It’s hard to convey what we have learned but man did we have a good time!  A journey of silly games, living in tranquility, back flipping into a well to cool off after a …

  • FOOD!

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Food. Everyone eats it. eVeryone needs it. So how does it work here in Auroville? That's what my research group focused on throughout our semester. We got to visit a handful of Auroville's farms, the foundation of the local food supply. There's Anapurna farm, where an expansive 130 acres supply 2% of Auroville's grain. Solitude, Buddha Garden, Windarra and Siddhartha, and the new Brihaspati and Ayyarpady farms, which produce somewhere …

  • Life So Far

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    I've been in India for over a month now, and thought it about time to check in back home (if yours is changed and inspiring you I'd love to hear about it!). I've been living in Auroville, a strange place of social and environmental experimentation, where you can get lost in accents from Southern India, Europe, the Middle East, occasionally America and any other place you can think of. Auroville …

  • Pre-semester thoughts

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    I'm standing in my parents driveway, a foot deep in snow with a mango in my hand and the juices running down my face and wrist. There's something inherently wrong with this. Mangos don't grow here in Massachusetts, especially not during winter. In two days, I'm flying to where they do grow, where I can eat their tropical flesh and not feel that pang of cognitive dissonance of eating cross-globally. …

  • expectations will always be exceeded if you dont have any.

    rai_of_shine

    by: rai_of_shine

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Auroville, India

    the experiences that i create in my head to be something that they are not, never end up the way I imagine them to be. Those experiences that I arrive at with arms wide open always surpass anything i can imagine. The beauty is in the continual experience of something new, so how could I formulate the experience in my mind from only old memories. By not comparing my future …

  • Seedbank Gardens

    DhakDhakGirl

    by: DhakDhakGirl

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Afghanistan

    As part of my Food Group capstone project, we visited Pebble Garden, an organic seedbank garden.  Bernard and Deepika founded this garden in 1994. When they began, it was entirely pebbles and laterite soil, hence its name. Using the only available biomass on site- the acacia trees –they created a fertile garden.  They collected the fallen acacia leaves and broke them into small pieces by hand. Then they layered this …

  • Last Full Day

    ljhorgan88

    by: ljhorgan88

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Auroville, India

    As the time winds down, I am finishing up last minute tasks while still trying to enjoy my time here.  I made a list of the tasks I have to do like packing, washing clothes, closing my account…ect.  In a few minutes, I will go on my last trip to Koolipalium.  I am going to Farm Fresh to get goodies for the plane and the beach.  My friend and I have …

  • continuity

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    IshyFishy1

    by: IshyFishy1

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Auroville, India

    I have been looking at the sky lately, guessing at the possibilities of rain. The most stable weather is here, with the everyday sunshine rain is a treat-depending on how it affects you. Yermolai (definitely spelled wrong), the gardener here at College Guest House, told me he had to take off work to help redo his home's keet roof after a night of really strong rains. My roof hasn't leaked …

  • Parvathy Baul

    DhakDhakGirl

    by: DhakDhakGirl

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Afghanistan

    Yesterday night, I went to a beautiful concert by Sufi musician Latif Bolat and Baul singer Parvathy Baul. One of the best things about Auroville is its support for cultural events showcasing both local Tamil talent and artists from around the world. I had never even heard of Baul before, except as a side note in the Rough Guide to Indian Music. The Aurovillian running the show provided a wonderful …