Joanna Lumley's India
SynopsisJoanna Lumley travels back to the country that she came from to celebrate the great nation that it is today. A year older than Independent India itself, Joanna was born into the last days of The Raj and India was home to both sides of her family for several generations. Travelling over 5000 miles, Joanna explores Indias diverse landscapes, cultural traditions and extraordinary spirit, discovering how independence has changed and shaped it into the great evolving country it is today. Celebrating its beauty, wildlife, people, culture, history, modernity and absolute diversity, Joannas journey takes her on an exploration of Indias past, present and future, drawing on her own connections and experiences and learning from stories of others.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm; 80 Grams
- Studio : 2entertain
- ASIN : B0742SGB11
- Number of discs : 1
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But Lumley doesn't pull any punches- this is one of the things which makes this DVD so watchable. For instance, she is visibly upset, when she goes round to visit parents of a young worker who had the misfortune to be born as a member of the very bottom caste (even today) in India. He worked for about 3 years, and then the workers found out he was the lowest caste, and burnt him alive at the age of 20, about four years ago! Lumley makes the point that this is totally unacceptable and illegal, but it still happens! We see Lumley with the parents, who are coping as best they can with their horrific loss.
We are also told how cows are thought of as very holy in India, and it is quite strange to see cows on the road along with the traffic. Lumley is also taken to a new high rise block of flats, and is taken up to the top so far by the construction workers. As she doesn't like heights, this was a very brave thing for her to do!
We see the community spirit with the people, how India is developing. On the lighter side, we also see Joanna apply for a job at a call centre. She also said it made her respect people who work in Call Centres!
If anyone is interested in India at all, then I would recommend this DVD as a good place to start. Subtitles very helpful!
Where are you going next, then, Miss Lumley?