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  1. 4 out of 5

    Pragya

    Read more reviews at Reviewing Shelf. Auroville. I had no idea this was a community in itself until a couple of years back. I only knew it as a tourist destination near Pondicherry and that I wasn't able to visit it on my last visit to Pondicherry a few years ago. However, this book! There was a reason I asked to read and review it. I was intrigued by this whole community in itself. And technology be damned, I am just not the kind of person to google to satisfy her curiosity. Give me a book any d Read more reviews at Reviewing Shelf. Auroville. I had no idea this was a community in itself until a couple of years back. I only knew it as a tourist destination near Pondicherry and that I wasn't able to visit it on my last visit to Pondicherry a few years ago. However, this book! There was a reason I asked to read and review it. I was intrigued by this whole community in itself. And technology be damned, I am just not the kind of person to google to satisfy her curiosity. Give me a book any day and I am happy. Especially this being an anthology helped. The book unravels Auroville like I believe has never been done before. From where it all began to why and how, to what has actually turned up, it's a journey in itself over the years. The anthology gives a plethora of information, lived experiences, pictures to feast your eyes on, and a deeper knowledge of Auroville, its inhabitants, their relationships with others, Auroville, and themselves. The book is not merely all essays but also prose, poetry, even cartoons. There are love stories with sad endings and relationships that began and those that broke. There is the mission, the dream behind Auroville and the reality that it is, today. The book is raw, replete with truth, hiding nothing, being the way it is. 'Auroville: Dream and Reality' has quenched my thirst for walking in its labyrinths of passages and unveiling it like a new bride. I do wish to step into this world of its own, someday. Never to stay but always to visit and see it with my own eyes. Akash Kapur has done a brilliant job collecting the material for this book. No wonder it has taken him 10 years to do it! But it's all worth it. A must read for those interested in the magic and mystery of the place called Auroville where people from 45 countries reside together in a jumble of languages but aspiring to abide by the Mother's mission.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jude Arnold

    Auroville Dream and Reality An Anthology, Akash Kapur, Penguin Random House India 2018, 319 pages. The dream includes an evolution in lifestyle, economics and consciousness. The reality is that life in Auroville is not easy and neither is reading this book. Akash Kapur, an accomplished author, spent most of his life in Auroville and ten years editing this book. The anthology includes contributions from 42 writers familiar with Auroville over a 50 year period. Eight of the contributors are now dece Auroville Dream and Reality An Anthology, Akash Kapur, Penguin Random House India 2018, 319 pages. The dream includes an evolution in lifestyle, economics and consciousness. The reality is that life in Auroville is not easy and neither is reading this book. Akash Kapur, an accomplished author, spent most of his life in Auroville and ten years editing this book. The anthology includes contributions from 42 writers familiar with Auroville over a 50 year period. Eight of the contributors are now deceased. Topics contained include Foundations, Departures and Arrivals, Ideals and Reality, Work, The Earth, The FIrst Citizens of Auroville, Matrimandir and Love. I found the first 178 pages of this book very discouraging, about how hard it was in the beginning, how many mistakes were made and how many people became ill. Equating Earth and Auroville both as living beings perked me up. Auroville’s greatest success is in reforesting an area that had been totally destroyed. Unfortunately the elephants, tigers and most of the living beings that once lived here can’t be brought back. A hopeless romantic I expected to enjoy the final chapter on Love. However, these are not happy stories with happy endings. I recommend this book for anyone seriously interested in Auroville. I do not recommend this book for someone just looking for a fun read. Perhaps the same could be said for Auroville, itself. Come if you’re willing to work hard making the dream a reality! Don’t come if you’re just looking for a good time!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miguel

    Very interesting this anthology regarding Auroville. I spent a couple of days there and was curious (and still am) about many things and thought this book would clarify my doubts, unfortunately, it didn't. However, this does not mean it is not an interesting book; Kapur did a great job collecting articles, some of them unpublished, regarding this new concept of a city inside India without competition, above all creeds and races, with the scope of human harmony and unity. New but...with 50 years, Very interesting this anthology regarding Auroville. I spent a couple of days there and was curious (and still am) about many things and thought this book would clarify my doubts, unfortunately, it didn't. However, this does not mean it is not an interesting book; Kapur did a great job collecting articles, some of them unpublished, regarding this new concept of a city inside India without competition, above all creeds and races, with the scope of human harmony and unity. New but...with 50 years, already. Some of the articles collected by Kapur are from authors who were Aurovilians, others who still are, so, we have a lot of visions here but I still want to know more. Is there a book (among all on this subject) who could explain me how it is to live there, to leave from Auroville, why it has only less than 3.000 inhabitants although it was conceived to host 50.000?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Divish Gupta

    A single anthology cannot do justice to a place like Auroville. Maybe, we need ten. Hence, this book didn't feel complete. The first half of the book was very engaging but the stories of nearby villages and work within Auroville were less in numbers and missed the mark. The best thing about this book was that it chose a difficult path. It seemed that there was a conscious effort to not overburden stories with the context of Auroville. It allowed stories to contradict each other. It didn't attemp A single anthology cannot do justice to a place like Auroville. Maybe, we need ten. Hence, this book didn't feel complete. The first half of the book was very engaging but the stories of nearby villages and work within Auroville were less in numbers and missed the mark. The best thing about this book was that it chose a difficult path. It seemed that there was a conscious effort to not overburden stories with the context of Auroville. It allowed stories to contradict each other. It didn't attempt to paint a coherent image and rather tried to show the entire spectrum, one story at a time. Overall, a decent attempt. I'm waiting for the sequel! :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kumar Anshul

    This is a decent book to know about what all went behind the establishment of Auroville (the experimental township aimed at unifying the world) and how far the aim of such an establishment has been achieved. The book consists of multiple essays, memoirs & short write ups on Auroville and is a good resource if you are curious about the place.

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    Derek Webb

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