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 😉 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 😉
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!
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)