Over the past 60 years, India has changed more rapidly than any other nation on the planet. In fields as diverse as agriculture, medical research and information technology, India already leads the world. Sanjeev Bhaskar’s quest is to get under the skin of modern India, and his journey takes him from the deserts of Rajasthan to the lush tea plantations of Darjeeling, high into the Himalayas, along the course of the holy river Ganges and across the border to Pakistan on a mission to find the ancestral homeland that his family left behind. This upbeat adventure is set against the backdrop of a country without visual equal.
Part 1: Bombay Dreams
Sanjeev Bhaskar travels across India, using his trademark humour and insight to get under the skin of an endlessly fascinating country. He begins his journey in Mumbai, the nation’s financial capital, before heading south to the global IT hub of Bangalore. Along the way, Sanjeev meets some of the rising young middle class who are transforming the face of Indian society. Finally, Sanjeev chills out in the beautiful island backwaters of Kerala, the playground of India’s rich and famous.
Part 2: The Longest Road
Sanjeev Bhaskar travels across India. In this episode he takes a trip along the incredible Grand Trunk Road in a quest to find his ancestral home. Along the way he is invited to a lavish wedding, travels high into the mountains to see the summer capital of the Raj, and visits the breathtaking Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. Finally, Sanjeev crosses the border into Pakistan in search of the village his father was forced to leave when India was partitioned 60 years ago.
Part 3: Mystic River
Sanjeev Bhaskar finds out how the country’s ancient traditions still shape life today. Starting in Calcutta during the chaos and fireworks of the Hindu New Year, Sanjeev takes a trip on the Ganges, and sees a spectacular statue-dunking ceremony dedicated to the city’s patron goddess, Kali. And he finds out how today’s young Indian professionals are reconnecting with the spirituality of their forefathers.
Part 4: A Camel Called Sanjeev
On the final leg of his journey, Sanjeev Bhaskar heads into the magical state of Rajasthan, where he samples the princely lifestyle of the Maharaja of Jodhpur and learns how Indian royalty has reinvented itself in a bid to become relevant in the 21st century. Deeper into the country, Sanjeev hooks up with nomadic camel herders and witnesses the birth of a baby camel. At the remarkable Barefoot College he sees how some of India’s poorest people are being empowered and the caste system challenged.