Monthly Archives: May 2013


Say what?

So word is out! Hyderabad is the 3rd best city to visit in 2013. Lol, I wish I could have said it with a straighter face but I think Ive done my part in perception management ๐Ÿ˜‰ ..Oh yeah and if you happen to come don’t forget to visit this cool little place called roots!


Biodiversity Festival (October)


As a lead up to the Biodiversity Festival we had a visit from a special guest. My German friend Susanna, who I had the good fortune of knowing while in San Francisco, managed to finally make it to India. She had arrived with her partner from Berlin. Always unusual meeting old friends in new settings!


We also finally managed to get our security system figured out but this soon came to be ill managed a :p


The time before, during and after the Biodiversity Festival was a chaos. We were something inbetween a flooded guest house and an Intentional Community. Still very much in the midst of learning, we were running our experiments and this festival offered us a big opportunity. Perhaps for the first time we had some 20 visitors or so at roots. Lots of internal congestion unfolded within our teamย  and a lack of communication along w/ perceived factionalism manifested. At the end of the day we pulled it off fairly well, the 4 days went through and a lot of interesting lessons were learned. For one thing, it served as a triggering point to get ourself on the map and affirm our existence. Its always nice to be able to plug into a qualified network from which we can draw upon and engage. Overall,where we triumphed was in our youth and originality despite our amateurish standing.


Wishall our Upcyclist friend from Udaipur. He played a lead role in our set design ๐Ÿ™‚


A snippet we played that relates the Biodiversity crisis to our Monetary System. For better or worst we were the few ones utilizing tech and cross referencing!

Here is the link to the video



We exchanged vegan energy ladoos for postings of peoples “sweet” dreams..


Before you know it the laddoos were ravaged and we had a wall full of peoples personal ambitions ๐Ÿ˜‰


Our good friend Joon Shabbir from Mumbai.


Gnom, gnom, gnom…


Its always delightful to withness the ripples and serendipity events like these create. We ended making 3 friends that are now linked with roots and whose continued correspondence has bee priceless. Black Jacket (Samuel Sanjeev from the rock works foundation) Glasses (vivek oak who is a computer wiz, holistic thinker and roots website enabler ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hat (Shika Gandhi, a Seasoned Journalist)


Every play has its unsung hero. Raja was ours. Being the unabashed networking champ that he is, he managed to reel in many people to our stall…


Raja Rajnish Pratap Singh Ratour


Raja also broke out in hives on one of the evenings. A malady he attributes to a magical spell cast by shriram, one of our empowered team members..



The place wouldn’t have been the same without yours truly,ย  Vandana Shiva

The place was adorned with Tribals and Adivasis. The “for the people” vibe was indeed palpable..

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Our Forest friends Rene and Richa had showed up once again. They had a stall adjacent to us and were representing Botanical gardens from Auroville.


Seated: Raphael and Rene


Acharya, Rene, Natale


Richa Bhagel


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And last but not least we brought in a musical element to the place. While maybe disturbing to some stalls for when we played at the wrong hours, music has that effect of making everything alright and priceless. No ad campaigns, no persuasion, just straight up unfiltered music ๐Ÿ˜‰


Dulip Lobo and Rishab Mansanta

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And last but not least, The wiki from that evening..

DIY products and Gift Circle (circa september)


Two much awaited fetishes we have at roots are DIY (Do-it-yourself) Eco friendly products and gift culture. This week heralded the preview to not one but both! We also had a special guest appearence from our forest friends Rene and Richa who live at one of the original communities in Auroville by the name of Fertile. That with a dash of tribal festivity and colors made the evening quite holistic…


(from left to right) Akhil, Dulip, Chef Ali, Psy, Richa, Rene, Sneha, Surya Vamsi


Great collaborative community building activity given the varied designation of tasks ๐Ÿ˜‰ and not to mention the ladoos pack a wallop of taste and energy!


We made spontaneous face art out of these! talk about stacking functions ๐Ÿ˜‰

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With all the inspiration that poured through on that day we also managed to have a spontaneous gift circle. Gift circles are something I have always imagined to be a mainstay at roots, a process I hope to engage in as per reinforcing gift culture and community kinship, both of which are not mutually exclusive but integral to one other..For more information on the what and hows of gift circles please see this

For an inspiring write up on our gifting based roots and how it is relevant to modernity please see Eisensteins A Circle of Gifts..

As an Adjunct to the aforementioned extravaganza we also had a general get together a few months later (November)ย  to discuss Gift Economy and its applicability within local context. One of our Special guests was a regular visitor to Hyderabad by the name of Vinod Sreedhar. He has been an active component of “Giftivism” and had some wise words to share. You can find more of his work atย  Journeys with Meaning.

The whole evening had the same joy de vivreย  that was evident and comparable to the first gathering. Just the symbolic labeling of the event seems to inspire a type of energy revolving around trust and abundance. Lets hope our experiments with more Gift Circles and Seva Cafe have the same follow through!


Left to Right..Vivek Oak (Hyderabdi freelance computer wiz and holistic thinker), Nina Osswald (organic farming expert) Emna (visiting from Tunisia and working for non profit bhumi), Vinod Sreedhar, Dhaval Shukla ( Swaraj university grad and Bhumi volunteer)


Far right.. Natale Danko (Theatre, entertainer, social activist, cross pollinator)