Issue No. 331, February 2017
Kailash - a journey through time
Marco Saroldi Caretakers and former and current residents of Kailash wave from the second floor balcony of Kailash. From left, Satyavan, Jean-François, Fabien, Mira, Aditya, Kripa, Zasha, Krishna, Quentin, Bhagira (up), Ayesha, Janani, Jean, Alice, Luca, Edgar, Inge, Camilla, Clara and Julian. Kailash, a youth community in the centre of Auroville which houses 14 teenagers between 16 and 21, celebrated 15 years of existence in September last year. Inge, one of the early residents, writes about the significance of this project. To this day, one of my fondest memories is sitting on the maddu vandi (bullock cart) that carried my belongings the short distance from Surrender to Kailash. I'm smiling from ear to ear as I sat with the driver, my parents driving alongside on a scooter, down the red earth road which we now call the ‘Surrender stretch’. It was August of 2005, I was 16 years old, and embarking on a new adventure. I can’t describe the feeling. Maybe elatio...