Auroville is a complicated place. And if you're writing about Auroville, you've to write an entire book on it.
Auroville is not directly present in my book.
But indirectly, the place does inform a lot of writing - In the sense that if you grow up in a place where the values are anti-materialistic, it changes the way you look at economic growth, economic development.
It makes you question whether GDP numbers are so magical... whether the fact that GDP numbers are up means automatically that things are wonderful. I think to that extent Auroville is very much in the book.
How has Auroville changed?
A lot of the changes I describe – The changing of the landscape, villages that become towns - that's the landscape of Auroville.
In some ways, it would be the starting point of my book.
When I come back home, and I see the world around me has changed so much at a physical, geographical level.
Image: Akash Kapur came back to a country where "rice fields were giving way to highways, farmland to software complexes and saris to pants".
Picture courtesy: Akash Kapur