Zero Waste Super Cool Bamboo Tipi, ehmmm shower

…is definitely ready and worthy of any Auroville, Hollywood, Bollywood or other superstar.

Tipi shower in its full beauty

The structure of this outdoor shower is made of bamboo and chicken mesh, which then was lightly plastered around and whitewashed. Also, check out the super smart and zero waste details inside like the walls with broken mirror pieces and ceiling letting in natural light by using discarded light bulbs.

mirrors and light bulbs

All the pipes and tabs are made from or covered with bamboo.


There is even a washing basin made from clay in it too.

Washing basin made from clay with bamboo covered tabs

The floor design, too, is very Auroville. Does this shape for the water to flow out seem familiar somehow??

Floor in Auroville fashion

But the best feature has got to be the choice between 2 very therapeutic options: light rain or heavy waterfall?? What would you prefer?? The first is facilitated by a bamboo pipe with little circular holes, the 2nd one with slits in it. How super smart yet simple is this??

Rain or waterfall??

So, how much do you think we should charge the folks wanting to use this latest retreat feature of International House???



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B’s latest creation: Japanese Tea Garden

Stonehenge with shells


Tea Party


The Eternal Flame


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Snake alarm

Yesterday morning, I was happily enjoying a shower after our morning work in the garden when suddenly, Sundar excitedly called me to come outside quickly. Good girl I am, of course I rushed out immediately just to find everyone around the water channel surrounding the dormitory building of International House. A checkered keel back, a snake quite common in the water tanks, ponds, rivers and rice paddies in and around Auroville, meant to have its breakfast in… Well, I was just about to say it meant to have it in peace but what we saw wasn’t such a peaceful sight at all.

Keel backs living in fresh water are actually the most cruel amongst Indian snakes, even though not poisonous. It strikes really rapidly and holds on tenaciously to its feed, mostly frogs and fish. In our case, it had caught a really large frog. We’ve even got photos of it but in the name of non-violent communication decided not to publish them – they were just too gross!!!

The keel back snake didn’t like us all following it around the water channel whilst shouting and attempting to take pictures, so it actually decided to end this pursuit by jumping OUT of the water, cutting the corner of the channel and jumping back into it at the other end. What a performance!!!!

Sundar was brave enough to get the poor froggie out of the water and put it to its last rest. Thanks, Sundar. And thanks, nature, for yet another lecture in the cycles of life.

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Puppies’ home is ready

The new dog headquarters for puppies Magic and Sundari are underneath the water tank and more of a palace than just a small hut. For some reason, they really don’t like it at all despite the fact that it’s super spacious, with lots of natural light and of course, it’s all built with recycled materials…

New dog house for the puppies ready

So, until they change their mind we better get used to their crying throughout the night. Maybe, Manu will have to move in with them to keep them calm??

I don't like it here. Get me out!!!!

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New photo albums complete with commentary…

… on our Facebook page at

Who else has made photos or videos in the past? Please share them with us on Facebook, click the “like” button on it, tell your friends, share your stories. Thaaaaaaahanks!!!

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First seeds planted and sprouting

We’ve worked hard the past couple of weeks and as you reap what you saw, we now start seeing the first tiny, delicate results.

From tiny bigger ones. It's all there 🙂

After creating new beds and covering them with compost, leafs and mulch,

Beds covered with compost and leafs, waiting for rain

we had to turn the soil a few times before the earth was ready to receive. We also put up posts for the creeper plants like beans to have a nice support system to grow steadily and high.

Constructing support systems for the beans

Binding the poles together seemed easy enough but digging holes around the poles, filling them with sand and gravel and hitting on this mix with a crow bar like crazy didn’t quite seem the right job for me as a girl. I thought of complaining to the boys, emotionally blackmailing them into swapping jobs with me. But then I remembered all the stories of the barren land, scorching sun with no trees around for shade and what a darn job it must have been to start this township and build Matrimandir. And I chose to shut up, gather my power, do the best I can even if ever so slowly.
And I did it, we did it.

Putting sand around the poles hopefully keeps the termites from eating them up

In the meantime, Sunder already put up a shade, seedlings are transplanted and it’s all happening. We’ve even eaten our first soup with fresh chicken spinach from our plots in it, wohow!!

Transplanting seedlings

All the while, B is busy with the estethic aspects of International House gardens, i.e. cutting plants to get us the best view from the terrace to “Canada” again, alias the stone formation at the terrain of the Canadian pavilion and getting into the deep end of the pond to clean it out and give the plants the best space to be appreciated by us all.

B getting into the deep end to re-beautify our pond

No wonder, I extended my stay yet again and rescheduled my flight back home to Germany to October 1st. Thanks for being such wonderful hosts, co-volunteers and team!!

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Improvements in the making

We would like to get better at keeping in touch with you all – our guests, visitors, volunteers, former staff members and fans of International House.

Please help us by sharing what’s important to you. Do you prefer to stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter or other social media networks? Do you want to receive our blog posts into your mail box?? Would you like to share your photos, videos and stories with us on YouTube, Flickr/Picasa or elsewhere??

To get this process started we’ve created a Facebook Page for International House and added a “like” button for Facebook and a subscription option to receive new blog posts directly into your email box to our blog.

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