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Well Worth Watching
on 8 March 2011
This three part series is good in parts. Firstly the photography is amazing. If you turned off the soundtrack, the filming is so outstanding that it would stand up in its own right. If you know India and love the country you are really are going to enjoy Caroline Quentin's amazing 4,000 mile journey. If you have not been there, but have a lively interest it will pique your interest and make you want to visit.
Interestingly the route is not totally predictable. Starting in the North, the tour completely bypasses Delhi and Jaipur the pink city, which is arguably a mistake as there is plenty of interest there. There is a brief, tourist orientated stop at the Taj Mahal, but then we move on to Jodphur which is perhaps not the most predictable staging post.
Caroline Quentin's commentary varies. Sometimes it can be described as excellent, particularly when giving an overview of places she is about to visit in classic travelogue fashion. At other time it does not work so well. The references to her craving for her hubby making bacon and eggs in Devon and the WI in Tiverton are doubtless intended to be down to earth, or possibly humorous, but really grate and are completely out of tune with the wonderful surroundings she is travelling through - happily these comments are confined to the earlier part of the series. However, she does seem to have a real empathy with the many interesting locals she meets and the people do add lot to this series and to a large extent are what makes India. In general the commentary seems to improve as the tour progresses.
This is not a totally candy covered appraisal of India. We see the pilgrims bathing in the Ganges and get a nitty gritty description of what is floating around in the water. Although we see the tourist sites, like the Taj Mahal and the Golden Fort in Jaisalmer, we also visit the surrogate mothers' clinic where rich westerners pay poor Indian women to carry their babies and we see the slum families living under sheets of plastic who, despite extreme poverty, care for the local stray dogs.
So to summarise, this is a series which I would highly recommend. Whilst you may criticise the delivery, India is a wonderful country and to a large extent this captures the essence.