I had a friend who taught Asian History at Durham University. When I went in about 1962 on a first visit to India, he suggested that I visit the Ashram at Pondichery, which I did, as I was Interested in the writings of Sri Aurobindo. I stayed for a few weeks and met the Mother and got introduced.to the activities of the Ashram. After that I went back to the Ashram several times, where I now had some good friends. I was a regular attendant on the street in front of the balcony when the Mother came out onto it.
When Auroville was started, I became interested and went for a visit at some time in the early 1990s. I went back a number of times from then on, and joined AVIUK.