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Affordable, Healthy Eatery

On Wednesday 10th of May at 6pm we are invited to the entrance of Mahalakshmi Park to witness official opening of new – The Neem Tree Eatery in Auroville.
In short interview with Partha, one of the project holders,  we find out that the main inspiration behind the project was to offer mainly aurovilians healthy affordable place to eat. Project holders Partha, Min and Mahavir who cherish good home made meals,  has decided to offer food from different parts of India.
In first months the Neem Tree Eatery will run between 6pm to 10pm, offering extra time for late comers, or those who like to attend cultural events in the evening. At the moment they can tend around 50 to 60 people,
Desing of the building was done by Partha’s wife Sonali(an AV architect) along with Min, keep it simple and beautiful taking in account the sustainability by use of recycled material.
For the opening Partha promises us, and invite at the same time to taste some of the Indiand snacks and juices.


Comments: 0 Date: 07 May 2017

South African Jazz, #2

Few days back South African Freedom Day was celebrated , and for that occasion in this musical edition we are looking at South African jazz under era of Apartheid, featuring great names of South African jazz of that time.

tracklist
Kippie Moeketsi – African Day
Johnny Dyani Quartet song for Biko
Joe Bonner & Johnny Dyani – We Will Be Together
Hugh Masekela – Thimlela
Abdullah Ibrahim & Johnny Dyani – Namhanje
Zim Ngqawana – Bantu (Rainbow Nation)
Pat Matshikiza – Kippie Moeketsi – Tshona!
Dollar Brand – Cape Town Fringe [1977]
Hugh Masekela – Song of Love

The Jazz Epistels

Few days back South African Freedom Day was celebrated , and for that occasion in this musical edition we are looking at South African jazz under era of Apartheid. In this aspect of course we cannot bypass two maestros of the time, and till date Hugh Masakela, and Abdullah Ibrahim, two original members of the Jazz Epistles

tracklist
The Jazz Epistles – Vary-oo-vum
The Jazz Epistels – African Marketplace
Abdullah Ibrahim – Soweto
The Heshoo Beshoo Group – Emakhaya
Joe Bonner & Johnny Dyani – The walk street
Hugh Masekela – Change
Hugh Masekela – Uptownship
Witchdoctor’s Son – Magwaza
Dudu Pukwana – Sondela
Johnny Dyani – Ntyilo Ntyilo
Bheki Mseleku Mamelodi

Radio as vehicle of information

Brief interview with attendees of the General Meeting held at Unity Pavilion on Monday the 24th of April. The topic was to discuss a proposal to restructure the Town Development Council.
Some of the comments made were that “”we need more collaboration in order to develop Auroville together”; “we need more involvement by residents in these meetings”;” and “we could submit our questions prior to the meeting””.
Generally everybody agrees that “overall, these meetings and the way they are prepared show a good attempt in moving towards the development of Auroville”.


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Apr 2017

How magic happens!

How it feels when you finally ‘realise’ that this is what you’ve been looking for…
On Tuesday, 18th April 2017, SAVI hosted a volunteer presentation in Tibetan Pavillion, two volunteers Jyothirmayee and Mayank, working in “Kenji’s Japanese Carpentry workshop” shared their life experience and how Auroville managed to give them what they have been looking for their whole life. They shared how they managed to deal with all the problems , how they managed to keep their basket full of questions aside and have an empty basket for answers on them. Jyothirmayee told a story how she felt magic happening when her 40 year plan started in like a snap. Mayank shared his love for wood, how they speak to him. After years of struggle inside out, they found something they have been looking for.
All you need to do for yourself is keep cleaning the stream of your flow and to put mind, body and heart in harmony and the magic will happen. This is how one can find that one “thing” they are looking for.
The applaud at the end of each talk spoke how everyone was so deeply touched by their stories.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Apr 2017

What is the Low-Tech Lab?

What is the Low-Tech Lab? Is it another business brand using trends such as “sustainable” and “environment friendly” to sell a product, or is this an innovative movement that wants to change the approach to global development?
Considering key words such as “do it yourself”, “local manufacturing”, “low environmental impact”, “economic”, “repairable”, and “for all”, how sustainable and environment friendly are some innovative inventions such as solar panels?
While working on technical solutions, how much do we ease our impact on the environment? Has Low-Tech Lab considered focusing on educating people to be more in tunes with nature?
A brief interview with Clement and Camille from Low-Tech Lab, and Mitia from Joy of Impermanence (Auroville).

http://lowtechlab.org/en

Water

The Divine expresses itself in many ways….
water, in different forms, starting with a single drop, forming cascade in lotus pond, or a river stream; many droplets form a rain … and all leads into the ocean

Auro and Auroville

Yesterday’s interactive session on exploration of full scholarship opportunities for further study at Auro University in Surat, Gujarat, and possible exchange between Auro and Auroville schools, and projects alike, brought another possibility for our children who might wish to continue with their academic education.
The vision and mission of Auro University is based on the principles of Integral Education, and the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
The session was facilitated by Chali, Lalit, Gijs and Mike, with Anoop from Auro University also present. As part of the information sharing we were assured that all students from Auroville Schools, even those who are not graded or given a ‘recognized’ high school diploma, will have an equal opportunity to enroll in a chosen program

https://www.aurouniversity.edu.in/


Comments: 0 Date: 07 Apr 2017

Talk about Eco Femme and Eco pro

Celia, a volunteer working with Eco Femme (started by two aurovilians and now carried on by 13 more people) talked about the initiative taken in the field of Sustainable Menstruation. She gave the details of how our recent sanitary pads (which are made of 90% plastic) usage is affecting the environment and how its going to affect in future as they cannot be decomposed atleast for hundreds of years. She talked about the products of Eco Femme, the usage of all of them and how they are sustainable as they do not contain plastics and can be reused. She explained the need to spread awareness in the field of menstruation and also asking people to be the Eco Femme ambassador to aware people about healthier menstrual practices and to help the initiative reach its goal.
It was followed by the talk of Dr. Lucas (of EcoPro) who works in the field of hygiene. He introduced the idea of Dry Toilets and talked about the importance of dry toilets, its usages, solid waste management and how the waste can be used in farming which will reduce the use of various chemicals. He also talked about EM (effective micro organisms) developed for farming, crop cultivation, improve quality of yields and later it was discovered that it can be used for waste water treatment and sanitation as it curbs smell and keep it clean. He had also faced various challenges in the way of carrying his idea forward but still continuing with it for better environment.


Comments: 0 Date: 29 Mar 2017

Interview with Ok on Upcycling

Ok talks about how to make Auroville litter free by accumulating waste and using it innovatively. She talks about her workshop that involved making cushions out of plastic. In this interview Ok further talks about the idea behind Upcycling Studio, challenges faced and her aspirations.

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