When American photographer Neal Howland returned home from a trip to India, he encountered the question ‘How was India?’ so often that he decided to answer it in the form he knew best. He made a video documenting his travels. “In a land of sensory overload I’ve seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled more than I ever thought possible. Honestly, words fail me,” says Howland in a social media post.
This stunning visual tour of the country, set to a stirring message from Rajneesh Osho, takes you on a breakneck tour of our beautiful land – from choked streets teeming with people to vast expanses of desert, with every bustling market and awe-inspiring haveli in between. The video’s dramatic cuts and exhilarating transitions provide the perfect foil for Osho’s pleas for us to live this life to the fullest and fill every moment with intense joy, lest we run out of the little time we have in this world.
And while Howland’s idea may not be revolutionary – for India has long been the muse of many artists – his video resonates with us and gives us pause to think about how much more we ought to appreciate the great beauty in our country.
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