In a sea of people making their way to the seating areas at the World Culture Festival Sunday, Sheela, an AOL Foundation faithful from Gujarat, stood out. She walked gingerly, pulling her sari a little higher as she tried to steer clear of swampy patches on the ground. Despite such irritants owning to rain over the last two days, she was “extremely happy” to be at the festival.
Her son Mahesh, who owns a cloth shop in Gujarat, says due to his mother’s influence, he too has been a follower of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar since childhood, as has been his friend, Amit. The three came to Delhi as part of a larger group to attend the festival that ended Sunday.
Describing the motivation for making the trip, Amit pointed to the stage and said, “This is why we came. Guruji organised this… We wanted to be a part of this.”
Sheetal, a housewife from Nagpur who came with her family for the festival, gave a similar reason. “Guruji organised this big event, how could we not come? For us, the whole world is a family and this is a family function. We had to come.”
AOL followers, however, weren’t the only ones at the festival. Vibha, a Wipro employee in Delhi, said, “I have done two or three courses with the Art of Living, but I wouldn’t call myself a follower. I came with my friend to see what was happening and to have fun.”