Auroville is my home. I was born there in the mid-seventies and did all my schooling and education there. My upbringing has meant that I have lived and breathed the ideals of Auroville and the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother from the start. I have also observed and experienced all the challenges that we face when people from different cultures come together to create something new with only the inner willingness to participate and the Divine as the sole authority.
I came over to the UK in the mid-nineties to attend university, with the aim of studying education and becoming a teacher to go back to Auroville and reforming the education system there. However, nearly twenty years later I am still here – with my husband, Radha, who also grew up in Auroville with me, and our two children. And although we go back as often as we can to recharge our batteries, I am often reminded of a cartoon I once saw, where two hippy parents are standing at the door, waving off their son to work in his suit and tie and brief case, asking “Where did we go wrong?” And though I live an outwardly very materialistic, western life style in the UK, for me Auroville is in my heart and my raison d’etre and the philosophy is part of my every day life as I strive to grow in consciousness.
I have been involved in AVI UK on and off over the last twenty years and appreciate the opportunities to connect with other people who have the same call. I am looking forward to my new role as Secretary.