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 😉 ..Oh yeah and if you happen to come don’t forget to visit this cool little place called roots!
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 team 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.
Here is the link to the video
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…
The place was adorned with Tribals and Adivasis. The “for the people” vibe was indeed palpable..
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.
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 😉
And last but not least, The wiki from that evening..
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…
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) 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 at Journeys with Meaning.
The whole evening had the same joy de vivre 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!