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A Review of 'In An Antique Land'

In this segment, I review ‘In An Antique Land’ written by Amitav Ghosh in 1992. The book follows two main narratives, the first is the anthropological account of Ghosh’s time in Egyptian villages in the present and the other is the life of a trader named Abraham Ben Yiju in the past. As an Indian anthropology student, this book was immediately fascinating to me because it deals with the dilemma of studying a subject with a dark colonial past as a former colonial subject. Furthermore, the book is ambitious in it’s desire to recreate the past not defined by colonial conquering but one of peaceful cultural and material exchange between two countries (Egypt and India).

'Accessible Puducherry'- Workshop

Satya Special School organized a Workshop on “ACCESSIBLE PUDUCHERRY – A STEP TOWARDS AN INCLUSION” on 21st October 2016 at Convention cum Cultural Center, Pondicherry University (A Central Univeristy). Department of Social Work has taken a profound initiative by hosting the event.

India has an estimated 70 million disabled people. Most of them remain confined to their homes due to complete lack of accessible infrastructure. Any attempt to travel, enter buildings, parks, shops etc can be impossible, unsafe or humiliating. They, therefore remain unseen, unheard, unaccounted and are rightly called – an invisible minority.
Accessibility has been one of the most neglected issues in the disability sector in India and is probably one of the crucial factors that can free up the potential and availability of opportunities for disabled people.

The Disability Act (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) was passed by the Indian Parliament in 1995. The Act mandates non-discrimination in transportation and the built environment. However, there has not been much progress so far on these aspects, in India.

Access and Accessible refer to the freedom of choice to enter approach, communicate or make use of a situation or environment without assistance and undue difficulties.
Keeping the above, the following objectives were focused at the workshop:

1. Create awareness on accessibility among various stake-holders
2. Current status on accessibility in Puducherry
3. Road map towards an inclusive Puducherry

And the distinguished Speakers for Accessibility workshop are:

Dr. Chdambaram for the topic ‘Accessibility in Educational institutions – Pondicherry University’ ; Mr. Alkahj for ‘African Perspective on Accessibility – CIAI Pondicherry’ ; Mr. Sudhakar for ‘Accessibility Aids and its Importance – Mobility India’; Dr. Srinivas Murthy for ‘Accessibility for persons with mental disability’ ; Ms. Susmita for Accessible Auroville and Dr. Gulam for ‘Accessibility in Developed countries’ – Pondicherry university

The Mother’s Birthday

As every year, Aurovilians gathered at the Amphitheatre besides the Matrimandir at dawn for a collective meditation, in honor and memory of The Mother, the founder of Auroville.

This year, a reading was given from Mother’s meditation; an event which took place between 2-3 in the afternoon, and in which she saw an undisturbed vision of the supramental consciousness, and how people travelled to and from that land on a great city-sized ship.
The dawn chorus accompanied the subsequent concentration, and the daylight seemed to appear as if from nowhere.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2016

I like Auroville it is nice!

Christine. a French citizen is a guest at Auroville. Its only been two months since her arrival here and she feels so comforted at Auroville. She expressed that the climates in India and especially in Pondicherry and Auroville are quite amazing. She was in quiet amusement on how the place and people of Pondicherry and Auroville would be like, but the atmosphere here puts her amusement to an end and she starts enjoying the place. She is thankful to her friend who has invited her to Auroville and is glad to be a part of the Auroville community.

One should visit the Auroville to enjoy the climate and surroundings, she later added

Emergence Trio at AVFF 2015

Auroville Sisters and Emergence Trio (Mishko M’Ba, Krishna McKenzie & Soundar Rajan) performing at the Auroville Film Festival 2015.

http://aurovillefilmfestival.org/day-3/

https://www.facebook.com/emergence.in

Taiko Performance in Auroville

Last night at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone we had a chance to listen to a collaborative stage performance hosted by visiting Yuhei Motoyama from Japan, with Grace & Terra, Oskar & Idoia, Prakash, Anandi, Tahir & Eric and more. The event itself was organized by Japan Foundation, New Delhi within ONE ASIA project – Bharat Nivas – Svaram.
As the evening was going on the rhythms were developing into a new story – dialog between different parts of the Earth.
An incredible energy that was released left numerous audience speechless.

http://www.oneasiaproject.org

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiko



Comments: 0 Date: 09 Aug 2015

Content at the Speed of Light

Today Andrea met with Manu, Yahalom, Chandresh and Dyuman to discuss the implementation and the use of the fiber optic network in Auroville.
In the coming weeks some testing will start at the AurovilleRadio/TV in order to provide live audio video content.
Some events happening in public buildings will be visible in a dedicated video channel.
Actually some schools and about 5 public buildings are served but this service will be enlarged soon.
The next phase of the fiber infrastructure is to connect some missing communities, other public buildings and later also housing settlements will be reached by the fiber.
In the coming 2/3 years around 500 residents may avail of the hi speed network and associated services.
The ICITI project was initiated by JV Avadhanulu and Chandresh Patel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_fiber



Comments: 0 Date: 28 Jul 2015

Off the Cuff No.13

Republic day edition, thanking people near and far that support the Auroville Radio and the new space and the Radio’s projects.
In this issue we consider the Entry group situation, International zone groups, musings, some feedback on water service, drilling, some other off-off items and gratitude for being here in India.

http://www.aurovilleradio.org/donate


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Jan 2015

New Well for Water Shortage

In today’s news we are featuring Lucas from Water Maintenace Service talking about water, and the drilling of new well next to “elephant tower” in Residential Zone.
Today inauguration of Teachers’ Center at SAIIER at 4pm , later on two dance performances – at Adishkati Libertas – A dance performance from Korea
directed by Sin Cha Hong Performed by Sin Cha Hong and Young Ah Choi at 7pm , and at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, at 7pm
Pavilion of India, International Zone Yatra, a tribute to Odissi Dance beginnings.
The Big Bang on Sunday and Monday at Visitor Centre at 7.30pm.

O Lord, awaken in me an ardent desire to know Thee. 
I aspire that my life may be consecrated to Thy service.

– The Mother


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jan 2015

Tibetan Dances, GM on WMS

The Residents Assembly Service invites us tomorrow at 4.30pm, to the Unity Pavilion (International Zone), for a General Meeting on the Water Maintenance Service. The Entry Service invites us on Saturday at 3pm, also to the Unity Pavilion, for a brainstorming / work session on the different possible ways of being associated with Auroville. Today, the 8th Festival of Tibetan Culture starts, at 6.45pm, at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture (International Zone), with a film on Milarepa. Tomorrow, at 7pm, TSAM will share a Cultural Dance performance with us. Also, Happy Pongal to all, from AurovilleRadio!

Our research will not be a search effected by’mystic means. It is in life that we wish to find the’divine." Mothers Agenda,


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jan 2014
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