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Motorcycle diaries take a detour to a road trip in South India


Skift Take

But seriously, a great one on mute.

— Rafat Ali

Actually, the motorcycle diary here happens to be the iconic and overwrought “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” which is still very popular in India among a certain large upwardly mobile urban set.

What happens when ZAMM-meets-Quick-Gun-Murugan-sans-irony, takes a road trip on a Royal Enfield through South India while overdosing on Instagram filters? This, awesomeness.

P.S.: If those were too many cultural references for you, you’ll have to Wikipedia some of this.

Chennai to Pondicherry: A Motorcycle Tour of Southern India from VITA BREVIS FILMS on Vimeo.

During a once in a lifetime trip to Southern India, we had the chance to capture some sights and sounds while we made our way from Chennai to Pondicherry on motorbikes. The trip was overwhelming and a truly eye opening experience. We at VBF knew that it would be very difficult to re-create on film the actual experience of being in India on the streets with thousands of cars, tuk-tuk’s, cows, goats, and dogs. The visuals, sounds, and smells all created a sensory overload situation that can only be experienced by being there, but hopefully this film gives you a sense of what it was like to be immersed in the surroundings and experience the amazing places along the coast of Southern India.

Directed: Skylar Nielsen
DOP: Ian Rigby
Cinematography: Lance Clayton
Music: Apparat
Words: Excerpts from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
By Robert M. Pirsig
Voice Over: Derek Partridge

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