I agonised over which shots to cut, which to keep and which to slow down. I spent days and days trying to find a song. I recorded voice overs to try and tell my story to the visuals (and very quickly deleted them). But in the end, I decided that the video is just going to be what it is; a personal, visual re-telling of a minuscule part of a life changing trip.
What doesn’t come across in this video, is the radiating warmth of the people. The hum of the city. The smell of the waves. The rush of standing up on a surf board in the India Ocean. The late-night street food feasts. My heart bursts with memories of that place.
But I hope that this video can give you some idea of what India really is. Because it’s more than a country, more than a people. It’s being invited to the wedding of two people you have never met on your first night in Mumbai, because Indian’s are that hospitable. It’s the taste of sweet, hot chai from a street vendor. It’s the colours of one hundred sarees, the warmth of eleven million smiles.
It’s the bounce on the backseat of a rickshaw, the street lights at the local church. The beat of a thousand drums. It’s a pastel sunset, and a bright red bindi. India is where the heart is.