After bouncing off Goa, Mahaballipuram & Mangalore in the previous chapter, I booked myself a shared sleeper overnight bus to Pondicherry. A kind new friend from Mangalore offered his temporary residence in Auroville till I settled in. So I found my way to his residence, left my bags, hooked myself up with an old school tvs xs at a mere INR 60/day. I found Auroville Visitors Center and with assistance found a pretty chill place to stay, ISAIambalam @INR 400/ day. A shared house setting, with farm land, forests, a school, a workshop and a gradual self community in the making. I met people from all over the world here, each with their own story to tell. Highlights in Auroville were the Youth Center, the 150-year old tree outside Maitri Mandir, Svaram - the music institute, the bamboo center, the AV skatepark, the more you discover, the more the list continues. Sadhana Forest was a whole other trip in these ten days. Read more about the four days I spent volunteering here. Once I got out of the forest, I stayed with a friend till I got my tickets for Bihar confirmed. During this time, Auroville seemed to get smaller; everytime I went out on the streets, I'd know half the people who passed by, would get invited for home cooked dal & rice, or some pizza. But I had to leave yet another new found home, to journey onward.