I met Shalini in the course of my search of youth activists. She was a 25-year-old bright-faced and charming young woman. During the discussion about my research work, she showed much interest in the theme of autonomy and individuation that I was exploring. She enthusiastically agreed with the premise of the work that youth is a stage of psychosocial moratorium in which people often experiment/explore to find their ‘space’ and ‘niche’. On getting to know about her work, I felt that she was on a spiritual–experiential journey rather than a sociopolitical activist path, as I had imagined. Intrigued by her preoccupations with ‘love and harmony’, I wished to know and understand her better. She was soon leaving for a shivir (workshop) to learn about the precepts of the ‘darshan’ (philosophy) named Jeevan Vidya that she was exploring. We decided to begin our interactions after she came back from the shivir.


International Student Youth Activist Experiential Journey City Life Transcendental Meditation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PsychologyLady Shri Ram College for WomenNew DelhiIndia

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