- It takes a village to raise a child - African saying
- Nature is our best teacher
- we are the world, we are the ones to make a brighter day!..

- Natural farming, food forest

- We dig our grave with our teeth

- Freedom of expression is my birth right

- Freedom of speech comes with great responsibility

- I become what I see in myself. All that thought suggests to me, I can do; All that thought reveals to me, I can become. This should be man’s unshakeable faith in himself, because God dwells in him.

- The Mother said - it is not this OR that, it is this AND that
- Life is for living not to understand
‎"Sometimes you can't see the forest through the trees."

Thursday, November 12, 2009


  He is my classmate, friend, team mate and fellow Aurovilian.

  He decided to stay with us for a few days which turned out to 2 weeks.  He had high blood pressure and felt he need to take a break from his regular life which i will not mention.
  Doing the accounts for several units in Auroville is very hectic and stressing to keep everyone on track especially at the end of the year/when taxes have to be submitted; suddenly know one has money.
  We had mega plans to change our diet.  From raw food, liquid diets, no sugar; am not sure of that one, etc. i continued my regular diet with more sprouts.  Anyway, meat appears rarely on the plate.

  Smoking and drinking out of the question.  With all these new habits and several vices on a holiday; Palani got back in shape in no time.
  Of course the forest environment is a good platform.  And working on the land uses more muscles then when we on a desk :)
  Good to have him around, it had been ages since we connected.
  He told us to have a cow is like giving life to the place!  beautiful. So a cow we are after; oh wow, gonna have to wake up early to milk!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Planting November 2009 Day II

  The day after our super drenched saturday planting, our boys came along.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  They are the AV clean group (they go around cleaning around Auroville from garbage, etc.) when they are not doing that they help other places - in this case, planting trees in Lumière. We had a lot of left to plant approx.600 trees.  Planting is the easy and fun part. come and dig and fill holes?!

   Again, in pouring rain we all began operation planting trees.  straight to it, we filled the remaining pits in no time with smiles, laughter and sweat washed with the rains.
  A little yellow raincoated girl, Yashoda, following her father; a pleasant and welcoming sight!
  Again unprepared for so many planters at their pace, i was running with the wheelbarrow placing the trees; this time Raja was there to help. phew!

  We headed for the last field (4 acres) which is out of our bounds; unfenced and difficult to keep a watch out for (not to say we dont).  Elumalai, earnest and eager as usual.  Ravi, persistant and tough headed.  Ganesh, gentle and excited to do more fun. Palani, excited and playful..Padmanaban, the x-chief of the AV clean group; bustling with mantras as he planted and Kaliamoorthy, forced himself out of bed to make it today and not tomorrow - just to say that all sorts of friends were here.  We headed out to the field and explained them to plant as they wished but 4 meters apart minimum like that i was free to run and get the remaining plants.

  A full round we went planting when we realised there were 3 more wheelbarrows to plant.  they were all like "we already planted 4 meters apart, now what?!" :)
  The rains are a good time to plant trees and i was not going to we continued another round planting a little closer making sure we were mixing the species!
  thank you guys!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Planting November 2009 Day I

  Who will come?
  I SMS-ed plenty of friends to come over and plant trees if they wished.  Lots of rains since several days; so i had everyone confirm as i could prepare snacks accordingly :)
  It was pouring on saturday.  They day i had chosen as pits were ready to be plated .
  woke up in the morning with heavy showers.  i had to plant those trees to benefit from the showers.  Told everyone if it pours do not come!
  I had several courageous brothers and sisters come over.  It was fun.  It was so wet.
  i was so unprepared.  i had to play host, organiser and distributor.  As people trickled into Lumière i realised that it was actually happening that day.  Tea i prepared to warm up everyone.  B, our first candidate, came cycling; excited to plant more trees as he already did a whole bunch the other day at Samriddhi.
  Muthu and Dean brought breakfast.  Sweet of them.  Aurosylle and Ishana too made it in between an interval of rain.  Pleasant sight to see Ishana excited to get to work. right?
  Everyone wanted to get down to planting; when i thought while they were having tea i could catch up with distributing the plants to their pits - plan failed.  I ran with the wheel barrow with plants to get them started planting which is the fun bit - i mean planting not running with a wheel barrow :)  All this mind you, in pouring rain. wow!
  Effective they were. i had to keep running from nursery to pits to keep the pace going :)
  fun it was.  i believe they enjoyed it to!  we planted 400 trees that morning.
  Raja, Muthu's younger brother, discovered a quick method to make hole for plant.  Step into the filled pit, already with compost mixed, making a hole big enough for plant.  WIth knives made out of the palmyra, sharp and effective, the plastic of the plants were easily removed.  The old man's idea!  traditional.
  Everyone was happy, smiling and rejoicing the lovely rains.   the morning ended with them kids throwing mud at each other..i was their last victim - red earth it was splashed all over! good memories.
  A remaining 600+ trees are to be planted..The Auroville Clean Group will come Sunday.
  Let see how that goes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bokashi li li

  Bokashi in japanese means formentation.
  It is a method to make compost. very simple.
Sourya showed us her installation: a bucket/mini barrrel, a tap at the bottom and a small container with rice husk activated with EM. that's all?! yep.
Well, what do you do with your kitchen peels/left-over-to-be-thrown food? take it to your Bokashi bucket and allow it to forment..
When Sourya, my cousin, showed this to us, we were delighted because our kitchen waste is not ready for our vermicompost; we needed the missing link.
A juice accumulates at the bottom. With the help of the tap, you empty the juices out regularly to a plant..
Excited with this missing link to our composting methods; we drove off to Koot road (nearby mini town) to buy the necessary equipment and returned home to put it together. wow for that price too.
We have begun to use it. filling the bucket and sprinkling rice husk over.
We gave a bokashi self made bucket to our friends Akash and Monica who are thrilled to use their waste for a good purpose since anyway it is going nowhere but to a pile god knows where. we will pick the bucket when full and use it here in the forest!
A step in the dream coming true! :)
Anyone interested? we can install one for you (we going multinational) and replace the full bucket with a new one.