Love, Death and The Quest for Utopia in Auroville

It would not be an exaggeration to describe Akash Kapur’s methodical unravelling of the secrets and mythology that have gone into the creation of Auroville, the City of Dawn, at the arid edge of the South Indian plateau of Tamil Nadu, as being of a Homeric quality. It is epic.

Kapur writes with the familiarity of a person who was born there, played as it were in the red mud of infancy, only to flee from its suffocating familiarity during early adulthood and still returning to seek, he does not know for what. 

Some of these experiences have already been recorded in an earlier book Auroville: Dream & Reality, edited and introduced by Akash Kapur. 

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