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Asha Goes to India (2008)

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Asha Truss, an urban African-American schoolteacher, has been fascinated by India all her life. Inspired by a photo of her grandmother at the Taj Mahal, she travels there for the first time and embarks on a spiritual journey. Her quest takes her thousands of miles from north to south, from the mountains to the sea. She faces challenges of body, mind, and soul - and not only discovers a beautiful and ancient culture, but a deeper connection with herself as well.

Navin Kulshreshtha

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katwomantxstyle73, posted on February 17, 2016

I like watching these kind of documentaries. People sharing their journeys and their experiences, walking alongside of them are definitely the kind of videos I like to get to enjoy!

elena.keegan, posted on December 13, 2015

Very beautiful and Divine. I was in love with adventure. And Asha even repeated Divine truths.

Claridee40, posted on December 26, 2014

Loved it. I too am called to India and pray one day I can see her. Love and Light :)

anathyma, posted on November 29, 2014

Great video. Great story. Thank you so very much for sharing!

allara28, posted on November 21, 2014

I am also called to India, so I very much enjoyed this. It was enlightening and inspiring. I just wish it had been a lot longer with more details about her journey!

To those who take issue with this film, call it self-serving etc: we can't all be at the same exalted level as you We must meet others where they are at. Asha's video inspired many. Isn't that what is important?

Hendewich, posted on November 5, 2013

Thank you Asha for sharing your experience of India. I loved your honesty about the challenges as well as the appreciation of all the enriching experiences you had. I love how you concluded that it took going through this to learn that you are already where you want to be and grateful for all you have. We should all be so lucky to attain this simple yet profound wisdom. Your story touched me and I enjoyed it very much. Namaste.

puttles62, posted on July 13, 2013

Thank you, Asha! What a beautiful story. This is my favorite piece among the many fine ones on Gaiam. Thank you again for your sharing this story!

rkt, posted on April 6, 2013

The journey of Asha is an unpretentious stroll through the colors and flavors of India. While the synthesis of her adventure expresses a profound, universal truth, she doesn't set out to describe a pre-packaged tale. She simply expresses what she saw, smelt, heard, and did along the way, with a genuine mix of shallow and profound. I appreciate the raw perspectives shared....and of course, the gorgeous cinematography.

deblco, posted on February 23, 2013

I enjoyed sharing her trip and her experience! I too am a teacher and one who wishes to visit India among other places. I realized the privilege of being aware of the blessings we have wherever we are. Thanks Asha!

Carolsmith, posted on February 23, 2013

Nice that she shared her vacation

Veggie210, posted on November 6, 2013

More than a was an experience.

Veggie210, posted on February 22, 2013

I too was inspired as this was an honest account of her journey, right down to admitting when she was sick, when she felt vulnerable and at her disappointment at what was to be the apex (highlight) of her trip. I loved her interaction with the children and her respect to the 'holy man'. Great job Ms. Asha and its good to know that YOU know that living in DC is good enough.

nokneed, posted on February 22, 2013

I liked how this was a "real" account of a trip to india. Not some professional traveler's view, because they just dont see what we see as a beginner.

@cyberliioness: Your review is seriously the worst I have seen. Its self-serving, show's your only thinking about yourself and not the bigger picture of embracing SOMEONE elses experience, who may have never traveled outside the states before. Gosh, it was a waste of time reading, but not a waste of my time posting this.

cyberlioness, posted on February 22, 2013

Asha needed a good dose of maturity to pull this off and to my mind she failed miserably. Gawking at the "locals" with her self righteous air of wanting to "get spiritual" was annoying in the extreme. I understand that many people travel to India to "get enlightened" but you don't have to leave your own backyard for that! At 64 I've been meditating for 35 years and I view this kind of travelogue posing as a spiritual journey with trepidation. Most of the 1 billion people in India would give anything to trade their poverty for Asha's relative wealth any day of the week! There was something disturbingly condescending about her journey and I had the same feeling for Eat, Pray, Love which I also loathed in the extreme! It takes a lot of money for these so-called do-gooders to satisfy their urge to break out of materialism, but in the end the only way to break out of ego-based materialism is to let go and that is a painful process. I wish Asha the best.

moore.nebula, posted on November 15, 2014

Thank you for having a realistic, genuine perspective and taste enough to see through this "inspiring" journey of Asha's. I have enjoyed everything I have watched on Gaiam....except this one.

floydan, posted on February 24, 2013

It looks like you've got a few issues to let go of, yourself! Do you want to talk about spiritual enlightenment or material afflunce? The subjects don't mix, but you seem to be trying to do that in your review. Are the "lines" getting a little blurry at 65? Asha presents an honest,authentic travelogue. At least it's not arrogent-which is more than I can say for some reviews of it. Maybe it's time for a nap, dear.

rzuehl, posted on February 6, 2013

I enjoyed it, we all think we would have that enlightenment if we travel and have the Eat, Pray, Love adventure but it showed real struggles of culture change, the reality of not feeling well and I think it captured reality and beauty of India as well as inspiring viewers that it's already within ourselves no matter where we are.

dr_sassy, posted on January 1, 2013

Very cool to see Asha exploring India on her own, showing the speed bumps as well as the highlights. I now have a better overall understanding of the topography and geography of India. I really enjoyed seeing a fellow woman of colour take on an adventure and return home. Thank you.

tytbody, posted on July 24, 2012

i want to learn how to be more at peace. right here ,, right now;) thank you for the story, the journey and pictures. Lovely.

china2012, posted on May 3, 2012

Loved this documentary! Fabulous! I'm also a teacher and am visiting India this summer! Can't wait!

Suzy2346, posted on April 26, 2012

After seeing this, I want to visit Southern India. Thank you!!

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