Important links for the u-ra-mi-li project

hello hello =)

thought we should put up a general listing of all links relevant to the uramili project.

our email id is uramili.project@gmail.com

our website is http://www.uramili.in. it has general write up pertaining to the uramili project and the feature film we are working on. it also has our film trailers and a video of the week (Friday Release). in case we are not able to update our site, the videos can be found in our youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/uramili

for regular updates you can see our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/uramili
those who are not on facebook can still go through everything, but you need to navigate through our youtube channel and our travel blog (www.somethingwehavealwayswantedtodo.com)

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

We will be taking a short break from Photo of the Day and hope to share more stories and photos with you soon. we will continue to share moments and stories through our weekly video Friday Release.

todays photo was the first photo we put up for photo of the day with the following write up

“thought this might be a good time to start putting up a few photos every now and then. so here is the ras leela in majuli island, assam. this is the end of the 5 hour show. we cycled back 16 km on a full moon night, and found another krishna from another ras cycling back in full costume. missed that photo but hope you enjoy this one.”

For more on the Props, masks and more from Majuli, please check out tomorrows Friday Release.

for more on the Uramili project please visit http://www.uramili.in

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

This photo was taken in Ananda café in Mcleod ganj. The photo above is the view from the café, and the one below is an artist’s/travellers impression of the view, painted in the café.

This is something quite common in the typically touristy/backpackery places. Many hotels and cafes along with the food serve the guests some stories. Some open out their walls and allow anybody to paint on them, some put glass sheets on the tables so people can slide in drawings and poems and love letters. Some have stacks and stacks of second hand books where you can leave a book you have already read and pick up a new one. Some have musical instruments lined up, mostly donated. You can go to a space that’s very local or beautifully done up, but its these ‘communal’ spaces where you get a sense of something so much larger that really stays with you. It’s like a sampler or platter equivalent of art. Varying styles, different moods, trained, un-trained, heartfelt, comical the list goes on.

What is interesting is that we also have another form of community art, Toilet art. Most public toilets are filled with scribbling’s, shero shayari, phone numbers and explicit drawings. Most of the content here falls under the comic or the obscene. Keys turn into chisels, ball point pens (no pun intended) turn into size 0 brushes, marker pens glide proving that for some reason people walk around with marker pens in their pockets. There must be some deep reasons as to why people write or draw a certain way in toilets, for now our guess is as good as anybody else’s.

Uramili is an entirely crowd funded project and film. In the first phase of our fund-raising we raised over two lakhs through individual donations ranging from 100rs to 20000rs. We are now in the process of trying to raise 13 lakhs by September. Your contribution will help us continue filming and sharing stories from across the country. For more information, see http://www.uramili.in and to make an online contribution, go to http://www.orangestreet.in/Projectdetails.aspx?id=1

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Photo of the Day


Photo of the Day

The share taxi system is a lifesaver. Its just about 20 % more than a bus but this way you get a lot more freedom as to when you leave. But more importantly with each vehicle taking ten people, plus a driver plus luggage, there is no concept of personal space. basically its difficult not to start off conversations.

What is interesting is that all these share taxis are known by the model of the vehicle. But here is where it gets interesting, its known by the model that came first.

The name is Sumo… Tata Sumo. Rest assured by the end of the journey you will be feeling like the Vodka Martini. In true Bond style, the Tata Sumo is also highly promiscuous. With no regard for local or foreign, black or white or even green with motion sickness, the sumo embraces everyone. It also multiplies at an alarming rate. Surely someone somewhere has gotten good grant money to come up with hard core statistical data, with a perfectly acceptable 127% error margin, proving without doubt that our hills are indeed being inundated by mechanical Japanese wrestlers. The sumo has made such a name for itself that other tata’s and even mahindras are referred to as sumo.

The Uramili project is proud to share with you this Rare photo. You can see for yourselves what you have only read about in gossip magazines and heard about in hushed whispers. Lo and behold, the loud mouthed warriors after party. We risked our lives and overcame great danger to bring to you this picture. Look how they shamelessly lie there post their mechanical orgy. they are so high on diesel that they have turned yellow. Oh the horror. You can see a Mahindra hiding his logo, pretending to be a sumo. But the patterns on his door give him away. Silly drunk fool. Wait till the others wake up, he will be tied to cylinders and heavy sacks and chased out of there. they will honk and shout and chase him uphill. Cha…

We at the Uramili project are determined to bring to you the most interesting and hard to get stories. If we don’t find them then we will make them up. We have just gotten a call that certain sumos with concealed license plates have just been deployed to pick us up. To help us with our ransom money please go to http://www.orangestreet.in/projectdetails.aspx?id=1

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Photo of the Day


Photo of the Day

One of the best things about travelling is staying at people’s houses rather than hotels. This is when one gets a real sense of the space. We have been extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity many times over.

Arunachal wouldn’t have been what it was for us if not for Tongam Rina. We met her at a time when we were almost completely broke. She took us in to her house, fed us clothed us bathed us, ok fine, she allowed us to eat, clothe and bathe ourselves. But more importantly she put us in touch with many of her friends who made Arunachal feel like home.

Meet Jogin Tamai, his wife Dualu and aiyoo we didn’t write down his daughters name. Jogin loves having people over. He loves to hear stories and share many of his own. Quite frequently travellers come over and spend a few days at their house. Very rarely are these people regular travellers. Usually it’s a researcher, or bird watcher, a journalist or two random people out in search of a song.

Jogin took us for walks around Luiliang and every now and then he would walk into someone’s house and say, hey I brought two people over, let them see your place. This would lead to conversations over many glasses of rice beer, and then onward we go before stopping for more friendly chats and more rice beer.

Jogins parents also live with him. We couldn’t really communicate with them as we speak only Hindi, English and a smattering of Tamil. But they would keep walking over towards our room and checking up on the fire, making sure we had eaten and were comfortable and warm. Many a times they would just sit in front of us and smile. We would smile and nod and this would continue for many minutes many times a day. It was incredible to have long conversations without saying a word and everything that needed to be said could be seen in the eyes and the smile.

We were also incredibly fortunate and honoured that his parents sang for us. For more on the song see tomorrows Friday Release.

Uramili is an entirely crowd funded project and film. In the first phase of our fund-raising we raised over two lakhs through individual donations ranging from 100rs to 20000rs. We are now in the process of trying to raise 13 lakhs by September. Your contribution will help us continue filming and sharing stories from across the country. For more information, see http://www.uramili.in and to make an online contribution, go to http://www.orangestreet.in/Projectdetails.aspx?id=1

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Photo of the Day


Photo of the Day

Just plain simple landscape photos can get boring. Maybe because we don’t know how to take them ha ha ha. So here is one taken through two lenses. This photo was taken on one general ooh come lets see the waterfall trek at Jogini falls, at Vashisht, near manali.

Lots of corny lines and poetic sounding life lessons come to mind. the eye is window to the beholder of the boulder of the beauty of the eye am what eye am. But then again maybe this photo is an apple product.

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Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

Meet Ramu. Ramu is from Nepal and comes from a family of flute makers. During the summer months he runs a small roadside shop in Mcleod Ganj. As winter sets in he packs up all his belongings and moves to Rajasthan for the Pushkar Fair and then follows the tourist season and moves on out to Goa.

The first thing that strikes you about Ramu is his loud laughter which takes the focus away from his smooth talk, and even the toupee. Ramu also conducts flute lessons for travellers and teaches them the basics of how to hold the flute. Possibly due to the number of foreigners, he teaches do re me fa. He follows this up with a tune that you can play. Most people want to learn an Indian song, so in Ramu’s case its ‘pardesi pardesi jana nahi’. He then goes on to explain the meaning, saying foreigner foreigner, don’t go.

He keeps a variety of flutes, from the small ones to large Hindustani ones that are almost impossible to wrap your fingers around. Recently he has started keeping thick fat Japanese flutes. Hearing him play it and watching his flair while doing so momentarily makes you forget that you are indeed standing in the middle of the road and some car is honking behind you while trying to climb uphill. While he waits for potential customers, Ramu etches out designs in the flutes with a needle.

Uramili is an entirely crowd funded project and film. In the first phase of our fund-raising we raised over two lakhs through individual donations ranging from 100rs to 20000rs. We are now in the process of trying to raise 13 lakhs by September. Your contribution will help us continue filming and sharing stories from across the country. For more information, see http://www.uramili.in and to make an online contribution, go to http://www.orangestreet.in/Projectdetails.aspx?id=1

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