Not far from Pondicherry is the experimental city of Auroville. It was founded in 1968 on the initiative of the Frenchwoman Mirra Alfassa. Like her, the first inhabitants broke with the moral and social conventions of their time: they were looking for a place of peaceful coexistence and personal development - regardless of political or religious beliefs. 50 years later, the concept proved its worth: Today, Auroville has around 2,500 inhabitants from 52 nations - and new ones are constantly being added. The city, which emerged from barren desert landscapes, now stretches over a forested area of 20 square kilometers.
Kripa was born and raised in Auroville. Her parents came from France to Auroville in 1968 in search of the ideal life model. Kripa converted the old stable built by her father into a guest house, using only recycled materials. To live sustainably, but also to be part of a big whole as an individual - this idea is at the heart of Auroville's development. Living here means finding a new way of living together and pursuing a common goal. This consciousness is also reflected in the architecture of the city, which was built spirally around a spiritual centre, the so-called Matrimandir. The spherical building is the all-connecting organ, the "heart" of the city - and a visible sign that Auroville is no longer a utopia, but reality.