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Received this today, and have just finished watching it. Lumley does not disappoint, and this DVD is well up to the standard of her other ones (which I have). We hear about Joanna Lumley's late Uncle, and we get to see a photograph of him.
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!
As usual with these documentaries there is a charm and charisma about Joanna Lumley, and this was particularly obvious as her roots were in India. It was a personal quest, and her honesty and observant comments made the whole series fascinating. Such contrasts over a vast country. The music was appropriate and never overwhelmed the filming. The colours were breathtaking, but the most memorable section was when she met the Dalai Lama. What a sensible, widely read and respected person - and I am not religious. The series could have been extended as there was so much to absorb and appreciate about India. Where are you going next, then, Miss Lumley?
We caught half an episode of this one night when we were traveling as it was on the hotel TV. My partner really enjoyed it and I found it interesting so we finally got round to buying the whole season. Joanna is a great host and we ended up watching it all in one night. Will probably end up buying more of her travel stuff as it's just great.
I absolutely adore Joanna Lumley and I find her singularly fascinating to watch. What I love about her documentary works are how she seems to inject this special charisma in to the project and bring the place and people to life. She's so good, in fact, that I am reasonably sure I could watch her perform a tour of a recycling centre in Skegness and find it interesting.
Having planned a trip to India next year, I found Joanna’s video very interesting and gave me a lot to think about, as I am going to video my trip and some of the places she visited has helped me plan my own trip. Excellent.