It was with shock that the community received the news of the sudden passing of our good friend and sister Petra Janko, who left her body at the age of 55 in Pondy’s General Hospital in the early morning of 17 August. At the time she was with her husband, who lives in Pondy, and felt unwell after which she was taken to the hospital.

Hailing from Germany, Petra joined Auroville in 1999 and lived in Auromodele.

Most of us know her for the quiet and dependable way in which she coordinated Inside India’s Travelshop for a great many years. She had just now left the Travelshop last year, ready to further explore new and more creative activities in Auroville and in herself.

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