Issue No. 342, January 2018
Upasana: starting the fourth seven-year cycle
Uma (middle) with models at the Fair Trade Forum India fashion show in New Delhi Auroville Today reported on the social outreach work of Upasana in January 2009, eight years ago. Today Upasana is 20 years old. What direction is it taking now? As far as birthdays go, Upasana’s 20th, celebrated on December 9th was a quiet affair with excess stock made available against ‘suggested contributions’ and all income donated to the future Line of Goodwill, a 200+ crore development initiative in which Upasana’s executive Uma is particularly interested. “It will bring a sea-change in Auroville,” she predicts. Seven year cycles We are seated in a quiet area of the Upasana compound, contemplating an immense rock in a Japanese sand garden. “Upasana’s evolution,” says Uma reflectively, “goes in seven-year cycles.” During the first, Upasana was quite successfully doing normal business. The second cycle started when the tsunami hit and Upasana got involved in social re...