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... me feel even more ridiculous. Eventually
I gave up, in the hope no one had noticed I had squatted without success, splashed
some water on the floor pretending it was necessary and high tailed it out of
there hoping the rest of the journey wasn’t a bumpy one. We arrived at the
station and after some aggressive haggling for a reasonably priced tuk tuk made
our way into town. I again got to man
... anywhere we have been in the subcontinent.
The visitors centre consists of the cafe, a few shops selling all the usual New Age accoutrements at eyebrow-raisingly high prices, a book shop and a museum. To be allowed access to the Matrimandir, a golden metallic sphere in the very centre of the town, visitors must view a short film about Auroville and the construction of this huge shrine.
The film stresses the Mother’s vision was for all ...
... is a golden golfball like structure at the centre of Auroville which could be viewed externally only. Built as a centre for concentration, it was started in 1971 and completed in 2008. I can’t help feeling that if they had concentrated on the job in hand it might have been completed much sooner. If you want to see the inside then you need to make a booking and it was fully booked for a whole week when we arrived. It would be helpful if you could book in advance but ...
... visit to this place to this unimaginable space really took us to the summit of our sensory experiences so far, and we loved every second of it.
The lights flickered, and that was the signal that this was the time to move on, so we were reluctantly led back down, not quite knowing what the last hours or had really been all about, a dream, an illusion, part of the cult of Auroville’s brainwashing techniques – who cares, it was fabulous! We were allowed some ...
... in Tamil cooking. We cooked a total of 6 dishes, our favourites being the Dosas and the tomato chutney. After 10 days in Auroville, we've come that little bit closer to finding ourselves and been fattened up by the Graham fam. A very enjoyable mini-holiday filled with games, wine drinking and some serious laughter. This all got a bit too much for Ella on the last night and she spent the next day being sick in gutters: classy bird! ...