Episode 112: A Day in India

It’s hard to put your camera down in India.  With so much beauty and filth, food and poverty, happiness and stress: its an overwhelming (and wonderful) place to film.  We came back exhausted, full and still overwhelmed (this time with the task of editing all the footage into a short video). Because India is a big place, and each area varies dramatically,  we attempted to construct a day across India: from north to south, from dawn till dusk.  *special thanks to Intrepid Travel for making it possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.letts Stephen John Letts

    Love your work!

    • danielpklein

      thanks Stephen!

  • Steve Anderson

    Just beautiful, like all your work. It definitely makes me want to go to India. How long till we see some recipes from the trip? Your video made me hungry, but not for hamburger or steak.

    • danielpklein

      we are actually working on a video recipe series…. so, soon!

      • Alpana Rana ( Smart-snacks)

        What kind of video recipes are these……any help required?

    • Alpana Rana ( Smart-snacks)

      Where are u located…….come to one of my Indian cooking demos. I am in NJ.

    • danielpklein

      recipe for one dish coming on Tuesday. thanks!

  • Jean Bury

    I heard the interview you gave on public radio. It was disheartening to hear that many farmers in India have commited suicide since Monsanto came to the country and the farmers could not afford to buy the hybrid seed. I was glad to hear some people there are uprising to this tragic stituation by continuing saving their hertiage seeds. This is of upmost importance world wide. Thank you for all the work you are doing.

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Thanks @jeanbury:disqus Agreed. That video will be up in a couple weeks. Excited for people to see it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jean.bury.5 Jean Bury

        Great! I think it is a necessary job to bring more awareness of how large corperations are ruining farming and our health. Please keep the public aware of what we can do to help! I have been following you for a few years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/la.curandera.9 Lali Silva Zamarripa

    Beautiful !

    • danielpklein


  • Patty Hammarstedt

    A visual feast that makes me hungry as well – Patty Hammarstedt

    • danielpklein

      thanks Patty

  • http://twitter.com/carpeseason carpe season

    Beautiful work. I love the energy and pacing. What tool do you use to work with the typography? After Effects?

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Hey @twitter-373365360:disqus we worked with squawk productions who created the motion graphics with after effects. Some of them were created in FCP.

  • http://twitter.com/kankanasaxena Sunshine and Smile

    I love that you kept it real! Missing home after seeing this video :)

    • danielpklein

      not sure what keeping it real means, but i appreciate it!

  • Manasi

    Mumbai meri jaan! Thank you for giving me glimpses of what I miss everyday.

    • danielpklein

      i miss it too

  • Prerna Singh

    What a beautiful job you did editing the video. Too bad I stumbled upon this video floating on my the world wide web because now I cannot stop browsing your website and its Monday so I am “supposed” to work! Great job! :-)

    • danielpklein

      Thanks! also, we’d really like it to reach an audience in India. you write Indian cookbooks right? Spread the word. Thanks!

  • moiwalkabout

    I love India and I LOVE your video–absolutely incredible and simply stunning! Thank you so much!

    • danielpklein

      too kind – thank you

  • Roxy Lerner

    What a lovely video. The sights, the sounds, the music. I felt like I was there with you. Nice job! RoxY

    • danielpklein

      thanks Roxy

  • Alpana Rana ( Smart-snacks)

    Incredible India captured so well……I am going to show this video at one of Indian Cooking Classes…….Is that ok????

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Of course!

  • Ed Chiles

    Beautifully done! Need to get you both back to Anna Maria for a little R and R when it works for you.

    • danielpklein

      yes we do Ed. was just with my uncle who lives there. told him to stop by your spot

  • Mary Q

    What an incredible collection of images. Well done. I felt like I could even smell things! That was an amazing 4 minutes.Thank you!

    • danielpklein

      our pleasure

  • http://twitter.com/foodwanderings shulie madnick

    Love this video. I linked it everywhere I could. Even sent it to my husband & college kid who prides himself on being 1/2 Indian. Brilliantly done! We know editing is a tedious job but what a spectacle. You captured India so well.

    • danielpklein

      Thanks so much for sharing, so happy that you felt like it captured india

  • Aubrey

    damn that was cute

  • Ann

    Fabulous job showcasing India! I too love to travel there and always come away “full” from sensory saturation. I love your series… can’t wait for the next destination!

    • danielpklein

      sril lanka followed by spain and morocco. thanks for watching!

  • yaelgrauer

    This is quite stunning.

    • danielpklein

      thank you Yael

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shawniebawnie Shawn Augustine

    LOVE this! Great job you two! :)

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  • http://twitter.com/talkingoffood Talking of Food

    I haven’t been in India for decades, but this video brought it all back – the magic of it that is. Congratulations!

    • danielpklein

      thanks – you should go back

  • Aditya

    Writing to you from India! Firstly hope you had a good time here and secondly amazing editing and a great video :)

    • danielpklein

      thanks! spread the word in India!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Denise.L.Woodward Denise Woodward

    Great shots of India – makes me want to book my ticket. Quick question, I was a bit confused on the music cuts and why you did not use Indian influenced music throughout.

    • danielpklein

      Thanks! which part did you think wasn’t Indian?

  • Isaac

    Thanks for the wonderful video. It makes me want to gO back tomorrow. I remember meeting you all at Chai Pani in Asheville, NC. I recal that meeting fondly and am glad you got to go to the motherland!

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Hey Isaac! Thanks for remembering us! Glad you liked the vid. We need to make it back to Asheville (and Chai Pani) soon.

  • Rekha

    Brilliant work!! The music and energy truly capture the spirit of India and of course the food! I am longing for a “cutting” chai now! :) Keep it up guys! Your series rocks!!

    • danielpklein

      the chai is only good while there. thanks!

      • NicoleKash

        This is sadly true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/verne.weisberg Verne Milton Weisberg

    The growing sophistication of your film making is astonishing. Yet you still manage the same personal connectedness with your audience that you had in episode 1! Bravo!

    • danielpklein

      thank you so much, really nice to hear

  • http://www.facebook.com/doris.dvonch.9 Doris Dvonch


  • Jessica Wright

    Great video! What kind of camera do you use?

    • danielpklein

      Canon 5d Mark iii

  • Ardee

    This is pretty cool you guys! Though theres sooo much in India that you’ve managed to capture only a tiny fraction of the sheer variety- the people, the cultures, the languages, and off course the food, vary with every town you cross, every state you walk into, across the length and breadth of this majestic country :)

    • danielpklein

      its true!

  • rajaram101

    great video. tho i’d like to know… which track did you guys use @ 1:58-2:38? :~)

    • danielpklein

      The Guadaloop “the Mood”

  • White Bird Wellness

    Four years ago almost to the day I almost bought a ticket to India. Instead, life wanted me to fall in love and I didn’t. This is a fantastic teaser of what is still waiting for me. Well done!

    • danielpklein

      yeah, time to go.

  • AB

    Made my day this Sunday! Lovely video…curious, what soundtrack did you use around :22 to 1:33

    • danielpklein

      Cornershop, “United Provinces of India”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Silk-Mandel/100000245799804 Silk Mandel

    That was amazingly awesome!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=512094315 Francisco Toro

    This is the most effective India Tourism ad I’ve ever seen – makes you want to go NOW.

  • NicoleKash

    It’s amazing how you managed to capture so much of India’s character in only 3 minutes and 42 seconds. Beautiful video. Also, it made me very hungry for all the amazing things I ate in India. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MF4rmxfWmQ

  • carts

    wow, i desperately need to tell you guys just how much i enjoy and admire your work!!!
    it’s not only the beauty of the images, the deepness of the stories told, the sensibility of your approach (and yes, a whole lot of regret that it’s not me taking these trips, meeting these folks and eating those foods!), but your videos are also just so amazingly well crafted! the cut is spot-on, with outstandingly well selected music (where do you even find all that great stuff!?) and so much is embraced and captured in so little time without being shallow. exceptional and great work, it is highly appreciated!!
    (must be a pain though, editing through GBs of video instead of lazing away in the tropical sun, hehe)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/monique.k.nicholson Monique Kaur Nicholson

    just visited India this past month, video makes me want to again soon! take me with you next time? (:

  • debrasev

    Such lovely work and you guys are so lucky (as no doubt you know!) to be able to travel and do this stuff. Nothing short of an amazing job, for sure! India looks so interesting–I will definitely go sometime. Did you enjoy eating there, by the way? How does eating there compare to your experience eating in other countries?

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthurb3 Arthur B Raleigh

    Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/Merunisha Merunisha Moonilal

    Stunning vibrant inspiring… Can’t wait for my own experience!

  • Dan

    Makes me want to go again! Isn’t India amazing? Isn’t the food just AMAZING????? It’s such a rich country in all the ways that matter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmurgz Richard Murgatroyd

    Daniel & Mirra – this is truly amazing. Meeting you guys on the road was a real priviledge and I hope our paths will cross on the road again

  • http://twitter.com/CHEFZIAKAS CHEFZ

    awesome video guys, cant wait to watch more. found you guys through the food wishes with chef john.

  • Andrew

    theres a different version of this, found it on the awesome, wanted to know the song @ :22 to 1:30, awesome video, have only recently opened my taste for indian cuisine, glad I did I love it, would love to visit someday. Great vid!

  • Moni

    Hello Daniel and Mirra,

    I haven’t been to India in over 7 years and have resisted family requests to do so but in the last year or so i’ve been longing to go back. This video you have made is absolutely breathtaking and beautiful – the perfect glimpse of India. I just showed this video to my partner and we are now planning a trip to India for the fall.

    Thank you so much. Keep doing what you’re doing – you are both a breath of fresh air to the world of food and video blogging.


  • preeti

    This made me so homesick. Today, is the 35th anniversary of the day I arrived in the US!!

  • Jess

    Hi, I was wondering if this film is from doing Intrepid’s food tour of India? Thanks :)

  • Dylan Haskin

    Where in India is this shot?

  • Dina

    Just shared with Miya and Sharad, Sami & Shereen and loved it.