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Passage To India

There is life for a new breed of NIRs or non-Indian residents in the mess that is India

Passage To India
Passage To India
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It happened in London. When Galen Rosenthal from Salt Lake City in Utah sauntered into the Virgin Records Store in London two years ago, India was hardly a blip on his consciousness. But the colourful shelf of Bollywood dvds stopped him in his tracks. "What was this?" The young American bought a few; saw them and India zoomed up to the top of his places-to-see list. Last summer, disillusioned with what was happening in his country, he came to Delhi. "I was tired of Bushland. I wanted the complete opposite of Western culture. If it was Up I wanted to go as far Down as possible. If it was Left, I wanted to go as far Right as possible." The pale but precociously wise Galen now lives in Delhi and is helping out with the programming for various film festivals, including the forthcoming Cinefan film fest. The Next Best Thing for the 22-year-old, who began work at 14 as a projectionist at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival, is to work under a Bollywood director. India is where he wants to be.

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