Day 6: Travel
Driving in an auto is a nerve racking experience in itself, more so when combined with standstill traffic, a flight to catch to New Dehli and a cameraman stuck somewhere near the airport.
Day 7: Improvisation
After an interview with Dr Pachauri at the TERI Institute was postponed at the last minute, an chance trip to the Indian Government offices lands us one of our most valuable contributors yet, Deepak Gupta the Secretary of the Ministry of Renewable Energy.
Day 8: Pachauri
A rescheduled appointment with Nobel Prize winner, Dr Pachauri added to the rush of everything since the start of the trip. It didn’t fully dawn on me that I was meeting him and his interesting perspective only sank in a few days later. I should’ve combed my hair that day.
Day 9: More Travel
On the flight back to Mumbai, I contemplate how the sterile airports are the only place in India that remind me of home. Everything else is worlds apart. I enjoy the flight playing hide and seek with a child sat in front of me.
Day 10: Dharavi
Visiting the slums of Dhavari, bursting with life and generosity. The people we passed welcomed us and offered us food and drinks, the thought of turning anything downs for fear of illness seemed insulting. I didn’t get ill once.
Day 11: Pune
Interviews outside of Pune gave us the chance to see a bit of rural India. We came to the conclusion that India has the most standard looking dogs imaginable – producer Dan takes the time to bond with one.
Day 12: Leaving
After an early start we were back on the plane but only after Dan’s massive production folder was officially declared a bag before he was allowed through security. It was that big.