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Auroville in letter and spirit: a long-time resident's tell-all account

A long-time resident writes about an intensely personal journey that overlaps with the controversies within this international community devoted to spiritual harmony

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Chintan Girish Modi
Better to Have Gone: Love, Death and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville
Author: Akash Kapur
Publisher: Scribner
Pages: 368 
Price: Rs 699

How did “an arid patch of earth in South India” become Auroville, “an international utopian community for thousands of people”? Why did Mirra Alfassa, a French woman born to an Egyptian mother and a Turkish father, initiate this project? To what extent was her vision anchored in the teachings of Sri Aurobindo, her spiritual mentor in Puducherry? What happened to her dream and legacy after she passed away due to prolonged illness?

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First Published: Jan 21 2022 | 10:03 PM IST

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