Auroville- My Journey of Self-Discovery

Tripoto
4th May 2016
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Experiencing Auroville as a volunteer is much different from just being a visitor. I joined Auroville as a volunteer to learn and experience something new. I would say, it is one of the best multicultural townships to consider for a spiritual and social conscious living.Currently, I volunteered at an integral design studio in Auroville to learn about India's traditional textiles and sustainable fashion. I stayed at one of the nice homestays along with a couple of Aurovillians inside their community and I used a bicycle to explore the places, inspite of the burning summer - A perfect way to burn stress and calories, also an attempt to save fuel. The design studio is situated at Auroshilpam inside Auroville. A beautiful and green workplace with prefect tea and lunch breaks, I enjoyed the healthy lunch cooked from the Auroville's solar kitchen.

Things I like and appreciate at Auroville -

*Silence

*Jungle

*Eco friendly products

*Proper energy and waste management

*Organized and disciplined living

*A smile and a hello when you cross people

Things I see as disadvantages at Auroville -

*Weather

*Cafes are overpriced

*Lack of compassion among humans

*Dress sense, it is good to see people wearing what they are comfortable with. But it should be a bit conscious as well

*At times, I felt like staying in yet another tourist / vacation place because of the people who just come to roam around with no purpose

Things to shop -

*Handmade soaps and skincare products

*Organic cotton clothes

*Organic food products (especially jams)

Best places to eat -

*Farm Fresh

*Auroville Bakery

Commercial units visited -

*Upasana

*Shradhanjali

*KOFPU

*Auro Amirtham

*Naturellement

My suggestions to those who visit / stay -

*Take only the good things to make yourself a better person

"Learning is continuous"