Time is running out. It is only a day left before the presentations and the day after I´m leaving for the airport. The time has gone by so fast even though it feels like we have been here for months. We have done and seen so much, it has definitely been a different and wonderful experience coming here. Meeting all of the passionate and inspiring people, seeing amazing places and just experiencing the Indian culture has been more than I could have expected.
Looking back now on the journey I realize that I have not been able to make up my mind about Auroville, I have fallen in love with the idea of what it is supposed to be and many of the people are wonderful but there are some contradictions in the society I feel. It is supposed to be welcoming to all, but it takes time to become an Aurovilian and if you’re not then you are categorized as a guest, visitor or newcomer. I do understand that they are careful with whom they let in as a true Aurovilian but I am having a hard time looking past the categorizing of people and see that as a bit discriminating.
With that said I do like it here, it is very beautiful and peaceful. The people we have met during our visits to the different NGO´s have all been great. One thing that I have noticed is that they are very humble and do not like to get too much attention. When we applauded in the end of their presentations most of them became slightly uncomfortable and seemed like they just wanted to give back all of the applause to us again. Even though they deserve all of the positive respond I actually appreciated this quality in them. It felt genuine and real.
I have become more confident in my role as a communicator and have realized that the knowledge I need I already have. This is probably the most important lesson I have learned and will bring with me in the future. To learn that about myself is unexpected but I could have not wished for more.
This practicum here in Auroville, India has given me so much. I have developed new relationships, grown as a communicator, learned and seen a lot and just had an incredible time. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to come here and partake in this practicum, so for that I would like to thank everybody who has been involved and made this trip one to remember.
/Damla Mol, Linnaeus University