Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Story of a Girl ...

A couple of weeks back, British Airways launched their new advert on you tube touching the pulse of newly weds in a traditional Indian family setup:


The tagline did resonate in me, at a slightly different level may be, but yes, it did.

So when a similar question was put up by IndiBlogger: How far would you go to get closer to someone you love? as part of their contest in collaboration with British Airways, it got me thinking...

So how far could I go for someone I loved and who would that be?

.. Mom, dad, family, or friends… or… ?

Aha, check this video for the answers, my very first, and yes. Please don’t forget to tell me your feedback about it.

Here I go, I hope you will like it.



Going further beyond, getting closer within.

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For all those who can't view the video on this page, please try this direct You Tube link: http://youtu.be/wG0jU21X-ik

If you liked watching this video and if you are an IndiBlogger, please vote for it here or else simply send in your good wishes for me. Thank you. :)



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76 comments:

  1. just one word...Beautiful! All the best for the contest..!

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  2. That is such a fab & touching video!! It's ur story of course! :D

    Hey using which software U made this brilliant video- its really professional & yes- choice of music is gr8 too! All the very best 2 U Arti! :D

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  3. Super cool Arti! Great creativity!
    Doesn't look like your 1st attempt! Such professional work!
    Beautiful words...
    That girl on the Yatra is you, right? Best wishes :)

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  4. Superb!!! This is too good, Arti! I loved it so much, very creative :)

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  5. Absolutely beautiful video. Loved it :D

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  6. Awesome Aarti! Brilliant! I was captivated for those few seconds and if this is your first video then I must say its an excellent job!. I have been procrastinating making videos/films of my kids videos over the years....what software have you used....must make a start! Well done and and you must do more of these.

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    1. Thank you so much Mehroo for your lavish appreciation, so happy and though it's been a bit tiring but I have truly enjoyed the whole process of creating and learning something new.

      The program I used is stupeflix, an online movie editor and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of giving video making a start. The best thing about it is it is very neat and clutter free! You said it, it's all about making a start, so go ahead and do it. After you are done with the video, don't forget to share it with me. :)

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  7. Thank you so much for your kind appreciation, everyone. I feel humbled and so happy to hear from all of you. I have been working on this continuously for the past 3 days, burning the midnight oil, testing multiple softwares and rejecting even more ... at one point of time, I was even considering of dropping the whole idea of publishing this thing. But now I feel all that hard work has been worth it. I can't tell you how satisfied and happy I am feeling today. :) Thank you so much for taking the time to watch the video and appreciating my little efforts, all the very best to all of you.

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  8. Simple and Beautiful in pictures. All the best Arti !

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  9. More than the video, the thought touched my heart, Arti...
    Embarking on travels to come closer to one's own soul!
    What a noble thought!
    All the best, & I hope I get to read of London, on your blog, soon. :)

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  10. Wow Arthi !!! thats too gud...Who says this is you first video. It looks perfect .. amazing..
    all the best for the contest ...

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  11. Wow! that's very creative. All the best for the contest Arti !!

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  12. Thanks a lot Arti, for that very personal insight into a culture and way of thinking that is definitely far away from our European one. Though I have regular contact to my Indian colleagues I'm not an absolute beginner in the Indian mentality, but I was simultaneously surprised and pleased about your post.
    Your video is great, without doubt, but the story behind is even greater.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Uwe.
    P.S.: I had six years of time to come to know better my wife before we got married. Now we are married happily for almost 27 years.

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  13. Amazing idea Arti. You are always the best!

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  14. WOW... Wonderful.. as someone else commented does not look like a first attempt.. It has come out wonderfully well.. Great work.. Arti..Keep it up..!

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  15. Very Beautiful. It's not looking like your first attempt. :) You are creative and no surprise this creation is so beautiful..:). I loved the story, concept you have expressed in just two minutes' video.

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  16. Wonderfully creative. The music fits the words and images perfectly. Good luck with this entry, it comes across as so heartfelt that you deserve to win.

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  17. Its so beautiful & a touching video...enjoyed every bit of it

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  18. Just beautiful! Best of luck for the contest Arti:)

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  19. You are such a talented and brave girl Arti -- it is an honor to see your beautiful video. Good luck.

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  20. Picture poetry, musically refreshing

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  21. Liked the video Arti. Very innovative idea. Good luck for the contest.

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  22. Arti - now you are a videographer! You tell your poetic story well - I was mesmerized.

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  23. Awesome video! You're very creative and talented!

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  24. It was Incredible baby :) beautiful words..just just soo sooo beautiful

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  25. Hi Arti,

    Wonderful! I loved watching your video - so clever and very professional and enjoyed the music to go with the gorgeous photos.
    Best wishes
    Carolyn

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  26. Thanks you sweetheart for sharing. This video makes me think of how far I would go to be close to my friends and family and it's such a difficult question. I rarely go home and I miss a lot of events and celebrations in Poland, but my family seems to understand that.

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  27. Very beautiful Arthi. The music is a perfect fit and the words straight from your heart and honest

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  28. I returned to blogging (Of course I'm a seldom blogger) few days back after a long (Actually very long) unwanted sabbatical and You Have to Believe me, "My Yatra Diary" is one of the few blogs I still remember :)

    You have a tremendous job on your video and you did take a right decision by not dropping the idea :)

    Great Job.. All the very best :)

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  29. wonderful, very creative and straight-from-the-heart :)

    Get set to fly to London ;)

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  30. Arti dear, it was truly mesmerizing. The photos, captions and sweet music..loved it!
    A few of them touched my heart!

    Loved it a lot!
    Best wishes to you <3

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  31. Very innovative rather from the regular posts. Good luck for the contest. May I give a small word if you don't mind? When you are changing from slide to slide, I felt the picture had been removed very rapidly. If it could be a few seconds slower, I thought that would be great. Like a slow motion or moving a bit slow. And this is just my personal opinion. I myself don't know how to make videos but I am telling this from a viewer perspective. Hope you don't mind. Cheers!!

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    1. Thank you so much for pointing it out to me, Latha. Highly appreciate! Perhaps you are right, and a comment from cosmos below only seconds your opinion .. however, since this entry is submitted for a contest and the deadline is over, changing it wouldn't be right, so I am just letting it be for now. How I wish the contest had been extended or this video idea had struck me a little earlier, I could have polished it more. :(

      But anyway, thank you so much again, I really appreciate and value your feedback, and I am grateful ... for you help me improve. Thank you. :)

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    2. I am glad you took in right stride. Oh that sucks...anyway, let us see what happens...:)

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  32. Arti, Good morning. Great to watch your video, Thank you so much for sharing.
    Wish you all the best. ~ da

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  33. What a nice video, with music matching it nicely comfortably soothingly! You always spare no efforts to make your blog so creative and attractive and useful as well. I only wish I could see each scene more slowly to appreciate the shots and words.Of course I could see it repeatedly, though.
    Thank you for sharing this nice video of your own, Arti!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing your thoughts, dear cosmos. I am so sorry about the frequency of the changing slide, that's also the same reason why Otousan hasn't been able to watch and appreciate the video till now. :(

      But point duly noted. Next time I am making a video, I will properly consider the timing and the speed so that it stays for a good time. Thanks again cosmos, always feels nice to hear from you, wish you a brilliant day ahead. :)

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  34. Wonderful collage - beautiful, meaningful,superb & sublime !

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  35. Arti...this is just amazing! your first one!!!! No way! It's splendid! Loved your captures and the lines..Best Wishes dear!!! (for all the future yatras!) and don't forget to make one to my place too...sometime, some day :)

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    1. Of course, Deepa! Kerala, right? How can I miss visiting God's own country? Thank you so much for your love! :) I hope someday our paths cross sometime soon and I get to see your wonderful artworks for real, all the very best wishes to you too. :)

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  36. Just saw this post, as I have been traveling non stop for more than a week now. It is just too beautiful in both the thought and execution. You have captured the essence of travel and culture both in one video... All the best for the contest....

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  37. Oh all these great comments and I can't play the video :-(

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    1. Sorry about that Agnes :(

      Is this because you are browsing from your mobile? I have now provided the direct you tube video link as well : http://youtu.be/wG0jU21X-ik -- Could you please see if it's working for you now?

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  38. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I thought just a slide show or normal video. But you gave us so much more. I love how you captured the video and sharing how far you would go. But a little slower would have allowed us more time to resonate with each stage you shared. I can see you put so much time and thought into projects that are dear to your heart as I see this one is. This video captures so much of your journey. I just love it... Good luck..

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  39. Hey Arti...Undoubtedly, this is the best post I have seen. it's amazing to see how you could express so simply yet so beautifully...Great going! It would be great if you could drop by and help me get better at my writing style (a newbie blogger!!!) by a brutally honest feedback/comment on my post at - http://bit.ly/1d3tGWz . Keep writing!!!

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  40. Oh, Arti, that was so beautiful and moving to watch... Hats off to you- fantastic work dear! Best of luck with the competition!! Big hugs

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  41. This is a fantastic idea for a contest, Arti. We all go far for those we love -- we do it without question. I like your response. Eloquent and touching. Glad you persevered with the video. This is a great first-time effort.
    Now you have me thinking of what my answer to the question would be. Love the video of the couple too.

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  42. Wonderful wonderful wonderful video. Hats off to your creativity. So much effort in the making of this :-) Such a wonderful compilation in the form of a story. Can you tell me how you've written those notes in that font and compiled the video?

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi dear Ash,

      So glad to hear from you, thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation. :)

      About the compilation of the video, I have used an online movie editor called 'stupeflix'. After you create an account there, you can upload your pictures and then play around with the editor to customize and create the video as you like it. You can choose a basic template to start with (as I have done here, a diary theme, goes well with my blog) and then customize it with all the various options like inserting text overlay, slide movement, time, order, music, etc. There is an option.. 'add text overlay (or something)' on the pictures and that's how I could add notes to the pictures.

      Just create an account and take some time looking around. Initially, it might look daunting but overall it's pretty neat and once you get the push, it's really fun.

      I hope this helps and I hope you do go ahead and make one for yourself, in case you need any further help, just give me a shout. :)

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  43. @ALL Thank you very much everyone for taking the time out to watch the video.. all your kind words of appreciation give me a lot of confidence and motivation to continue making more such videos in future. Thanks a lot, everyone, all your comments and likes and wishes mean a lot to me. :-)

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  44. This was a magical video clip. The world is simpler than what we think it to be. Isn't it? We just have to go further to unite with the soul. I loved your idea and the of presenting your feelings. I too wanna travel. And meet people who are simple and bare. :)

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  45. Dear Arti - You sailed into a new field, making a videography, and this is so beautiful and touching and tells all about Arti (and any woman who had the same experience) and her spiritual journey. While I was engrossed in seeing it, I felt the same thing with cosmos: before finishing reading the words, the scenes changed, maybe because my reading speed is slow. Wish you a good luck in competition.

    Yoko

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  46. I had tears while watching the video and I was loving it. Thanks for sharing. Keep traveling, Keep writing.

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  47. Beautiful compilation, Arti. Guess yours is the only post that is talking about travel more than romance. Nice interpretation of theme. Actually I had read this on the day you published but somehow forgot to comment. Remembered after you commented on my blog.

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    1. I find a lot of romance in travel itself, TF.

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  48. Beautiful collage Arti. Travel is indeed romantic. And your presentation is so unique. I am sure you are going to win it.

    All the best. :)

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  49. Hey Arti.. NiCe & sImPlE :) Like the creativity... I should try using 'stupeflix' sometime :)

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  50. I watched your video interestingly. I remembered some of these pictures.You travel India and charged your feeling in video. We can understand your idea well. If speed of video is slow a little, I can read your feeling more. The music goes well with it and nice project, I think.

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  51. Hey, nice post! Do visit www.indiabookstore.net when you can! :)

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  52. beautifully done like the background music

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  53. Oh, Arti! That was lovely! Beautiful photos and moving piano notes. Absolutely lovely and dreamy. I always look forward to being whisked away to far off lands when I visit here. Your Melbourne photos were terrific!

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  54. Dear Arti, cheers to a super week! Will look at the video here later - have internet problems again at home - oh my! But thanks for posting anyway! And Thanks for your sweet cimment on Anitas portrait the other day - made me happy! Have a great start to your April!

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  55. oh Arti, I super love your video essay of the the story of a girl, you are not only very good in writing but also in presenting your thoughts very creatively in video.

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  56. I think your video is awesome!! I especially liked the pic of the old woman and the one of the men praying. I also loved the piano music in the background. Thanks for sharing!
    (Thanks for commenting on my blog. I've now followed you and "liked" you on FB)
    Stop by tomorrow for a new post: Lexa Cain’s Blog

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  57. You did such a great job on that video, Arti. I love the picture selections and the background music. Thanks for sharing. I can't believe that was your first attempt and how much better you'll get. Good luck!

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  58. Thumbs up.
    Love the idea.
    Here's wishing you many more fulfilling yatras, Arti.

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  59. Lovely post, Arti. This of course is a domain right in your territory. There's no denying the beautiful way you make places and moments come alive. :)

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  60. Short, sweet, simple and heart touching story indeed. Love it.

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  61. Beautiful Video :).. Loved the idea..

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