‘hgang in dharamshala’ the film – now on Youtube!

5 08 2014

Director’s note.

Can you trek your way to Nirvana?

The above question is the result of an experience that we, as a lot, had during our trip to Dharamshala. Twelve friends, twelve entrepreneurs who set out for a petite get-together in this hilly town, returned as if they were reborn. And I am not exaggerating. It’s been almost 6 months since, and each one is showing a sustained attitudinal shift in their lives. What made this possible?

It all started with a letter we sent to His Holiness Dalai Lama’s office requesting a private audience with him. We shared the dilemmas bothering us and wished he sheds some light on it. Unfortunately(or fortunately!!) the meeting did not happen as HHDL was traveling during that period. But the fact of the matter is, we did get those answers without seeing HHDL; the events of the trip made us realize the answers to those dilemmas!!

The entire lot, each one of us, while returning, felt as if we were called to this place. We all believed,until this point, that the trip is our plan, but in the end we realized that we are all a part of a bigger plan.

This was felt in particular, at the trek of Triund. The trek that we took up just for kicks, made us sweat and battle like never before. With scarce resources as we ventured into the un-chartered, it took us to some mind-altering discoveries. Lasting for 9 hours, the trek tested our individual capacities and brought us face-to-face with values of togetherness and kinship along with courage and conviction. From being entrepreneurs fixated to the word ‘achievement’, we came back discovering a powerful agent called ‘letting go’.

As I came back home, I felt in me an uncontrollable desire to attempt to articulate this experience of ours in a visual medium. What I had with me were some thousand images and couple of hours of random video footage. I tried to put them all together in a manner that it makes some sense to the one who engages. I used voice over technique to narrate our mind state and have relied extensively on the songs to convey what we had felt. There is not much footage of the Triund trek which is of greater significance, but than that’s fine.

It may not make any sense to an unknown viewer, maybe. But anyone who knows this lot or any one from this lot, will definitely see some value in this effort. The discerning viewer will enjoy some breathtaking panoramic shots of the magnificent Dhauladhar range, taken right from the top of Triund.

Having said this I put forth the following disclaimer :
‘hgang in dharamshala’ is not a narrative film, nor it claims to be a document of a certain trip. It is a visual memoir of what we friends felt, experienced and realized during this 4 day period. To put it humbly it is just a home video, albeit with a difference.

The film is already shared with family and friends, but we have received lot of requests from many other friends, relatives and well-wishers who wished to engage themselves with this effort.

For them and for any one who ends up here, the film is made available on youtube. FYI the film is uploaded in two parts. Find below the links.

And yeah, watch it till the end the credits roll, it ends with an original poem recital by …

Yours truly,
Mihir Gajrwala

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hgang in dharamshala

30 01 2014

The dharamshala experience has been so overwhelming that words alone are not able to do justice to the effort to communicate it. Working on a Visual articulation of the entire experience by way of a film.

below are the links to the teaser and preview of the film :

 





A Friend – as i see.

10 05 2009

dedicated to the friend who evoked these emotions in me.

 

Some 1 lakh years ago, somewhere near heaven, a path breaking experiment was on. The entire council of heaven was divided on this new experiment. The experiment had put the existence of 5 innocent people at stake. Amongst all the chaos one man stood strong. HE was the commander–in-chief of the experiment. HE exactly knew what he was doing. He very well knew that the success of this experiment would change the course of the universe.

The experiment was to create an unknown process called ‘life’. Life – as HE saw it was a self sustaining process which once initiated would grow and nourish itself to make universe a better place. A trial of this experiment was on. Five brave people had volunteered to be the part of this trial run. All these five people were put into this process ; were ‘made to live’ as HE described it. The objective was to check all the aspects of the equation of life before it is brought into existence.

 Time was passing on…days, weeks, months, years. All those 5 volunteers were exposed to a variety of emotions and were made to live a mix of intriguing experiences. They were made to cry and  also shown the way to smile; they were made to fall and given opportunities to rise; sorrow and laughter, fear and cheer, dark and light, anger against compassion, greed and lust against sacrifice and dispassion; HE also made them experience the nuances of hatred against love. HE was happy that his theory of duality seemed to be working!

But with passage of time it seemed that the volunteers were draining. Their capacity to match up with the mysticism of life was decreasing. Infact there came a stage when it seemed that the volunteers would not be able to sustain themselves through this vigorous process of ‘life’. HE was under tremendous pressure. His dream called ‘life’ was under major threat.

HE could not accept the failure of his equation. Strong forces were trying to abandon the experiment. Undeterred HE applied his mind, kept working hard – days and night, trying to understand the anomaly of his equation. An anomaly that was leaking the energy from the whole system. Finally HE found an answer. A solution to take care of all the leakages and to make the equation of life successful. HE injected this solution into the system and saw unprecedented success. Immediate improvement in the behaviour of the volunteers. They seemed to have internalized themselves with the ‘environment’ provided to them in the experiment. They had learned to chill, to have fun, to enjoy ‘life’!

Everybody was happy, there were celebrations all over the heaven. Ever since then the equation is still on, the process of life is going continuously without any failures. We all are part of this process and living this ‘equation of life’ created so many years ago. The architect of the system is given great respect in the heaven, even till today.

 HE is now popularly known as GOD.

The five volunteers were : Changu, Chhagan, kanu, Chhako and Babli.

Gods final solution :

HE made a mangu for every changu

A magan for every chhagan,

A manu for every kanu,

A mako for every chhako

And a bunty for every babli.

A friend for every friend.

I Thank God, I found you.