Quality Media from India

There are few projects on the internet, that make me stand up and say — see.. this is what videoblogging is for! And while I’ve mentioned this particular one before, as I watched their latest video I was once again reminded of how great they are.

The project is called Swajana, a videoblog which started around the time of Jay and Ryanne’s visit to India. It is about people in India. More specifically, people and their jobs. What they do, why they do it, how much they make, how they manage their lives, their hopes for the future, their hopes for their children, their concerns in general. It is a fantastic collection of snapshots, video capsules of life in cities like Pune, India.

Watching the tailor and the tailor’s wife and the tailor’s son, I’m reminded of what life is like outside of this first world disneyland known as Amsterdam. I love living here, but the standard of living is so high, It makes me need to have reality checks, reminders, of how a majority of the world lives. That means poverty. That means jobs that many of us would not do. That means struggling for the bare essentials. While I often say I struggle, my struggle is nothing in comparison. And in my humble opinion, this is the true power, the true significance of what videoblogging and personal publishing could be used for when it comes to global understanding, reporting about reality, and learning from each other. So on this fine friday, I recommend you re-check out and subscribe to Swajana.


  1. October 23, 2007

    yeah, the Swajana guys really do rock. They’ve been posting a video every week for almost a year now. They show all the little details you would want to know about a working person in India. Wish there was a Swajana in every country. It’s a great model.

    By the way, Swajana means “our people”.

    • bicyclemark
      October 23, 2007

      Thats the hard part.. finding them.. or knowing if they’re out there. Im going to keep looking.. the world needs more of this. Oh and now I know what it means. tanx!

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