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In the spirit of oneness

Shailendra Singh

Shailendra Singh   | Photo Credit: S_SIVA SARAVANAN

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Shailendra Singh is travelling from Kanyakumari to Kashmir collecting stories enroute

Shailendra Singh is bustling with energy as I meet him at the Beatles café at Saravanampatti. Coimbatore is the second stop in his One India, My India rally from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

“We have created many things like religion, country, state and status to divide us. But actually we are all the same. The only thing that unifies us is love and I want to spread that,” says Shailendra who started from Kanyakumari on October 2. His experiences during the trip are being live-streamed on his Facebook page. “I also talk about my life experiences. I have been in the media industry for around 30 years and share what I have learnt over this time.” The other cities that he will stop at are Bengaluru, Hampi, Goa, Kolhapur, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Pushkar, Jaipur, Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu and Srinagar.

His love for travel began early. “My father would take us on annual trips to Goa; a family of six and two dogs stuffed into an Ambassador. When I was 18, I went from Mumbai to Jaisalmer in an open Gypsy with a friend. We drove for 24 hours without stopping.”

Song and dance
  • Shailendra has produced more than 72 feature films including the award-winning Kanchivaram (Tamil). “I am surrounded by young people and I see that many live in the virtual world of social media. I wish to tell them to get out and see the real India. Only when you connect to real people will you find real emotions and stories.”
  • Shailendra has also directed a music video called One India, My India. “That project took nine months. I composed the music along with singer Mithoon. I travelled to 21 cities in nine days so that we could feature people from those regions instead of professional actors.”

On this trip, Shailendra plans to drive for seven hours daily covering around 400 km. “I run an event management company called Percept and my wife and team have put together a detailed route map and arranged accommodation. I don’t want to hurry or be stressed. All I want is to enjoy myself and get a feel of our country. I will interact with local people and speak in educational institutes. I also have a music video on this topic and will play that too, as the car is equipped with projector and speakers.”

He is also trying to meet people who are working for social good. “In this city, I met 19-year-old Sai Vignesh who has rescued more than 500 animals. In Kochi, it was Mesh Manoharan, who saved 70 people during last year’s floods.”

What’s next? May be a movie with visuals from the trip.

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