When and why did you come to AV?
After I graduated from
High school in Odessa (Russia), my dad wanted me to become a lawyer.
But before that could happen I had to work for a year - and I did. Then things changed:
my mom who was living in India since about 1990 sent me an invitation
- so I quietly got my stuff together and told my Grandma, who nearly
had a heart attack while I was getting the idea to her: "I'm gonna go
to India to see my Mom, for about 2 months..."
What was your first impression of Auroville and India in general?India charmed me with its culture (sometime the absence of any), tropics, people who are so open-hearted and at the same time so absent-minded. Auroville - over the years I had become friends with a lot of people. To cut a long story short - it is totally different from what I was used to, I love it here, even though at times I tend to complain about this or that...
A lot of new ideas and people have come to AV in the last year or so, it is not the same as it used to be. Do you see a future for AV or is it going to become like any other city in the world?I believe that Auroville is a special place on earth, and I think it will be different. It's normal to go through a change, all it needs is... time. You know there is a Buddhist saying which goes something like this: A path can not be just black or just white, it lies in between.
What do like to do in your free time?Quite often I just sit at home, read books, and write my "bright ideas" as I call them, some of which later become articles for the Transcript. Otherwise, I hang out with my friends or go to the beach.
Auroville is full of "local folklore", what is your favourite story ?There are so many of them...
A few months ago you came back from the US, now you are going to London, you were the AuroNET Sysop for over 4 years.. If somebody asked you who you really are, how would you describe yourself in a few words?I'm still looking :-)
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