my boss is starting to grow on me.He is quiet, and he is a workaholic. I think he starts about 6 am everyday and leaves about 7 pm. he lives above the office(which is right across the hall from me) and I hear him go up and down through the evening until around 10 pm. Sudha,his secretary, runs the office and tells everyone what to do. Sometimes I am glad that I don't really understand Tamil. Our electricity goes out alot, but my computer is not working right now so I don't use alot of it anyway. The only time it really comes in handy is when I am trying to sleep and b/c the fan really helps me stay cool. I don't know if the humidity has attacked my computer along with the all the traveling. I am allowed to put my camera equipment in a locker with incandescent lighting and salt to keep it dry and safe.
Laundry is a funny thing. It is raining alot so the ammas (women who housekeep around the office) cannot really wash the clothes b/c there is nowhere for them to dry. I have been washing by hand in my sink, and hanging them on a line in my room but since the electricity is out ALOT the fan cannot dry them and the humidity keeps them wet. It's alot like south georgia except for the no electricity part and the no dryer part.
Auroville is interesting. It is very spread out, connected all by dirt roads mainly consisting of clay so everyone's feet and shoes are red. In the middle is the Matrimandir which is a meditation hall consisting of 12 rooms around the inner chamber which is all white and has a perfect crystal globe in the middle. it is illuminated by computer driven mirrors that follow the sun's path and concentrate the light beam down the middle of the Matrimandir's interior.
there is a man who works there who's wife cooks at the canteen behind the earth institute and boy can she cook.For 30 rupees you get some kinda of meat curry, (chicken or fish) dahl,(a soupy, lentil sauce which is my fav)curd,(yogurt which helps with the spiciness)two types of rice(usually tamarind and plain white) Ammam,(which is really my favorite, its crispy and very flavorful)and a cup of soupy spicy vege stuff for digestion. I eat there almost everyday but the food is so spicy that sometimes i have to take a break and eat elsewhere. Alot of people eat at the Solar Kitchen. It feeds on an average during tourist season about 1,000 meals a day. It is completely run off of a HUGE satellite-shaped dish on the roof that collects solar energy for the kitchen.The food is great here too.
So far I have:
1. Gone to an Italian homeopathic doctor which was $6.oo! the medicine tastes like sugar and i guess it has helped a little, but $6.00!
2.My favorite nut is the cashew.I have eaten alot of cashews from alot of different places but there is an organic cashew farm here and they have the best cashews I have EVER tasted,EVER. I just bought some to send to my dad.
3. The local Auroville grocery is called "Pour Tous". I bought some recycled toilet paper hmm.....
4. Got some pants hemmed for 15 rupees (44 rupees= 1.00)
5. Ate some more favorites,Fresh Samosas everyday at the Ganesh Bakery... 6 rupees each.