Si­lence and Soli­tude

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - by Aye­sha Ka­pur, ac­tor

Iwas born and brought up in Auroville, so most of my child­hood was spent watch­ing the Mat­ri­mandir be­ing built. Ev­ery­one from the com­mu­nity would join in to help build it. I have many mem­o­ries of go­ing there on gar­den­ing trips with my tran­si­tion school-class­mates, and star­ing in awe as the dome with gold- painted roof plates took shape. Long be­fore I could step in­side, I was al­ready en­am­oured by the sur­round­ings. The long branches and many aerial roots of the old banyan tree on the premises make you feel as if you have a huge nat­u­ral roof over your head. There is some­thing spe­cial about the mandir. It is in the heart of this fas­ci­nat­ing global vil­lage that I call home. Once you step in­side the com­plex, it is as if you are in a dif­fer­ent world. In­side the cham­bers of Mat­ri­mandir, you know what si­lence sounds like. You for­get ev­ery­thing and all your worries are set aside.

REUBEN SINGH/ Pho­to­graph by www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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