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A day spent Bird Racing

Bird race is an annual event , where a number of Aarohi members participate to see most number of unique bird species in a single day of 12 hours. For people coming from campus that means extra cooking the previous day, starting at 4am from campus, driving about 120km and reaching back at 11pm.

Rammed Earth Wall

Will add our rammed earth wall journey in words soon. Till then enjoy the slide show.

Success or Process

Many people ask me success stories of Aarohi - what children from Aarohi have become. Also I have heard lot of people boast about their school or institution by citing stories of  ‘Shining alumni’.

This is indeed profoundly grave - for according to me, herein lies a major question we need to ask ourselves -

Is education about some result / output?

Or if I rephrase this question - What would it do to the education, the learner (child) and the adult (teacher or parent)

Contents or Container

It appears to me that the conventional education system is quite focused on the contents. Maybe the initial idea was that when we work on contents it will develop the container. But over a period of time - more and more people gave substantially more importance to contents - so much so that the container is almost forgotten.

In fact the container (child) is judged on the basis of how well the child can answer questions related to content (often memory of content).

Doing without Thinking

Sometimes children just do - they do not think how their action will affect them or others or its consequences. They do not think of its righteousness nor they think of its appropriateness.

Some call this kind of behaviour us un-mindful.

Some call this kind of behaviour as spontaneity.

Some even call it childish.

Some call it un-adult-erated, pure.


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Why do we think we need to be respected?

Is respect a need or a want?

What would happen if it does not matter to us whether others respect us or not?

As a Sufi Fakir said, "If you need respect, do not come to me. A shopkeeper or anybody else who wants something from you will give you respect. Goto them."

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Auroville - learning township

“A day in Auroville! For the list you have, you need weeks”.

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Bamboo - For Joy Purposes

Bamboo is a grass. That a grass could be so versatile, so life giving and so artistic is something we related to the work we did with it.When eight of us from Aarohi (seven children and one ol' man) reached, the tranquility, the earthiness and the forestry of Auroville welcomed us with a subtle touch of dedication. It felt like a firm welcome, an eagerness to work dawned upon us.

Surfing in Mulki

Surfing - it brought both excitement as well as fear (will I be able to do it)

You see we aren't used to dancing on the waves.

I too was not sure for me surfing at the age of 49. 

But once we reached Mulki, cleaned the beach, did out drill on the beach - all wehad to do was to hit the waves and surf along - we rode, we fell, we had salf water all over and inside us, and we went back for more.

Three days of surfing and we realised how a simple thing (wave) can turn into so much fun as well a sport.


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Story of Graffiti

Cyril, a French artist from France joined us to paint our library bus. He has been travelling for last three years, working with different communities and kids around the world. 

"Graffiti" on the day 1 was the key word where we began! For many of us this word was new and we naturally began with few questions - What is Graffiti? How it is different from writing on the walls? Why writing names on the walls was/is illegal, but the art of Graffiti is acceptable?
Do Graffiti artist play with letters only? . Can one can also play with image and other graphics?

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