Bharat Katha

"Bharat Katha" is a collection of real stories of real people from India.

Bhārat is the official Sanskrit name of India, Bhārat Ganarājya, and the name is derived from the ancient Indian texts, the Puranas.

Katha (story) is a folk narrative style of story telling.

Bharat Katha is a journey to the heart of India, crossing language, cultural and regional boundaries. These stories are from all different kinds of people about their lives, their views and their beliefs -- beliefs which have been held together through generations.

How do I find them? - I'd like to think I found them but in truth... most of the time they are waiting to be found to share their story - The India Story.

Who am I ? - I am a man with a camcorder.

Kashmir teacher on death, Urdu and poetry of Ghalib

While strolling through the narrow streets of old Delhi, I found Ishrat Ali in Jama Masjid waiting: waiting to catch his train back to Kashmir, his home.

He was returning after finishing his exams from Aligarh Muslim University.

I struck up a conversation with Ishrat.

He shares with us his views on the sweetness of the Urdu language, and his thoughts on a life lived well which according to him is meant for preparation of life after death.

He also relates a poem by the eighteenth century Mughal-era poet Mirza Ghalib, and a funny story about King Haroon Rashid and Behlool the Insane.

Notice the way he tell of his age which is cryptic and poetic at the same time. Although it sounds more beautiful in his native tongue Urdu than the translated versions.

So sit back and enjoy the story of Ishrat Ali with subtitles in English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Russian and Portuguese.