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Video of the week: India – in a land of sensory overload

Visiting India in a land of sensory overload, Neal Howland had seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled more than he ever thought possible. Words failed him. So, this is his attempt to answer that question, with footage that he captured while on an epic tour of India.
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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Great video (and true words) of a stunning land! I have been to India twice and I think about returning … No other country left me such in awe, there are so many impressions that are sometimes hard to digest (sensory overload is a good term, I have to remember it).

  2. Hi Paul,

    I love Neal’s message.

    Turn that power into creativity, to benefit all, with love, versus doing the fear based stuff that causes division and suffering.

    Everybody should go to India at least once. There is a controlled chaos about it, a feeling it is perfect just as it is, that feels overwhelming first to Western eyes but when you are with the feeling, and just being, you get it. You feel it. You see it.

    Being in the here and now and living in the moment, wow, India makes you be present like few places on earth.

    The sensory overload grows until you cease living so deeply through your senses. This was the key for me.

    When I visited southern India I learned how to judge less, to feel more and to simply see the place as a fascinating study into living from the inside-out.

    Many beggars who I initially felt horribly for simple accepted their life as it was, and were quite cheery, believing this was their space in the Universe. So hard for most attached folks to get, but this is the power of acceptance.

    Other folks suffered terribly, as did street animals, so I felt more compassion for these sentient beings.

    India is a fun, fascinating and balancing place. It is the Great Purger. It will bring up feelings and fears and terrors and judgments, and happiness and delight too.

    Go at least once, anybody reading this post who has not seen the place. You will be forever changed.

    Thanks for sharing Neal, and Paul.


  3. Thanks for the comments everyone.

    India really does take some ‘getting used to’ for the first time visitor, I agree Ryan… but with time, I think you’re right… you get that past that hurdle of shock and start to enjoy the country for its many delights.

  4. This video really gave an authentic impression. It managed to capture a little bit everything, I’m very impressed. The stark contrasts in India always amaze me, both sadness and joy. This tour must have been amazing and the spirit has really been shown here. An excellent video of the week.

  5. The quality of the camera is incredible, it was like I was watching the video through my own eyes! I love this type of film that shows fragments of a place, and has beautiful transitions – it seems to be quite popular recently! He really captures India perfectly, and all parts of it too! Really, really talented guy

  6. India looks like such an amazing place to visit, what a brilliant video. He has captured it very well, must be very talented. Its such a busy city with so much hustle and bustle. Amazing sights, colours and food there though!

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