My life in 2012. I took 3 times the photos on my phone that I took in 2011.
Some of the my favorite memories from 2012
- My sister and close friends having kids.
- Best friend getting married
- Spending 6 weeks in Europe
- Going to Africa
- Moving to Nashville
- Releasing the documentary "Varanasi, India: BEYOND"
- Working with EvolveIMG (Underwater cam op for National Geographic)
Kashi (Benaras/Varanasi) is believed to be a microcosm of the Hindu universe and was a city in the way we define cities now, since the 12th century. Before visiting Benaras, my impressions were that of a city with numerous temples, rigid religious views and the place to visit to perform an individual’s final rites owing to the multitude of images and films I had seen. The boat rides, the evening artis, the temple tours and a range of other activities on offer are part of the creation of the spectacle.
This film explorers the spirit of the city beyond its popular image of being a holy city. The inhabitants of Benaras who are now being type casted as idle trouble makers have a very different lifestyle and attitude towards life. Whether it is the art of telling engaging stories or their ability to converse at length on topics relating to cricket, crime and politics, the Benarasi is a force to be reckoned with. ‘Dekhi Tumahri Kashi’ is an attempt at unearthing a part of Benaras that is slowly receding to the background.