The Sea of Trees

Auroville has a movie theatre which seems to specialize in films no one ever heard of. But the screenings are free, the place is airconditioned, and sometimes there are real gems. Tonight's offering was "A Sea of Trees", which is about a man who goes to commit suicide in a Japanese forest that is a … Continue reading The Sea of Trees

Pondicherry

Meanwhile in Pondicherry it was only 37 today. I took the moped there from Auroville in the morning to have a new pair of glasses made. I had my current pair made there too, 3 years ago. Eye tests seem to be growing more sophisticated all the time. Running around Pondy on my moped, I … Continue reading Pondicherry

Auroville

I'm in Auroville for a few final days before returning to Israel/Palestine. I've been coming here for several years now, though usually for a much longer period. This year I decided to spend the majority of my time in Tiruvannamalai. Auroville is the utopian dream-child of Mira Alfassa, an alternative international township based on the … Continue reading Auroville

Kindness

Most Indians are very kind. Like today I forgot my new phone at a tea house, and someone came calling after me to give it back to me. Sometimes people will really go out of their way to be helpful. Once I arrived in a small town in a tribal area and hadn't a clue … Continue reading Kindness

Garbage

The tiny guest house (just three rooms I think) where I'm staying is set in a lovely location by a mountain brook, which seems to be unpolluted enough to allow fishing. The guest house itself is quite smart and tidy. There's a nice hammock on the balcony outside my room and below the balcony there's … Continue reading Garbage

Alphabets

All the South Asian scripts owe their origins to the old Brahmi script which, like Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc. and most other alphabets is supposed to have come originally from proto-sinaitic inscriptions of which were discovered in 1904 in the Sinai peninsula. According to that theory, most alphabets have the same origin. "Many scholars … Continue reading Alphabets