21.12.2009 - 21.12.2009 23 °C
We hired a Honda Hero 125cc to get out of town. Boy its top speed was about 60 and it couldn’t pass a goat with both of us on it.It gave a good introduction anyway. We took it to Auroville, a town not owned by any country. It is like a serious hippy camp in my book. Started out as a ’dream where any citizen of any country can live in harmony’. Dirt from all of the world was brought and thrown in during ceremony. I believe a lot of research is done here in regards to sustainability, at least they had revegetated the area, they also make expensive crafty items to sell to the tourist. Personally I felt a little sceptic about the whole thing, but I guess that’s why they don’t let me into the big golden goose egg of a building where they meditate unless I show keen interest and return for a 2nd visit. We wanted to do some funny posing shots with the egg building but chick’nd out, we thought we might get told off as you weren’t even allowed to talk in the area 500 metres away from it. I guessed Karma got us back anyway as it poured rain and we got soaked as we left for our trip back.
The GPS didn’t list any roads to Auroville, only a dot on the map and there weren‘t any obvious signs there, and its not even very well signed (for a tourist attraction of significance), so we kinda followed our nose up streets that looked more touristy than you should expect. There is a peacefulness to the place that make an interesting break from the everyday chaos, but it just feels a bit surreal and fake in a place like India. Perhaps it’s the sceptic in me but its hard to take the place seriously. For all its want to be a model of the ideal society, it seems a little out of place in the hustle and bustle of India. Granted, there is a very strong and active spiritual life in India which perhaps is the reason for the choice of location, but I can only image that someone is still getting rich out of it all! About 1700 people live in the Auroville community, mostly Indians and French, but more than 30 countries are represented, and is recognised by over 120 countries who participated in the inauguration by contributing a hand full of dirt - symbolising an international community living together.