never forget, 15 years later (9/11)

I'll never forget the emotions running through me when I filmed for this PSA by Ad Council just 2 days after 9/11/01. Just before stepping up to the camera, I was asked "what does 9/11 mean to you?". Overwhelmed with tears at the prompt, I can't help but continue to think of all those families who lost their loved ones due to this terrible act of terror. I continue to grieve for them, especially on every anniversary, and pray that they've found solace within their souls knowing their loved ones, although physically not present, will always watch over us in spirit and guide us in their own loving ways. 
I am and will always be proud to be an American. Fear can never kill that pride within me.
I send my love to families in need of more love and hope than ever. 

Love,
Radha

I Am An American

park güell in barcelona, spain

A montage from my visit to Park Güell in La Salut, a neighborhood in the Gràcia District of Barcelona, Spain.  This park was designed by famed architect, Antoni Gaudí, built between 1900 and 1914 and was opened as a public park in 1926.  In 1984, Park Güell was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  A very relaxing yet beautiful park indeed, totally worth visiting!

More can be learned about this park here:
http://www.parkguell.ca

Love,
Radha

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barcelona cathedral in barcelona, spain

Unlike the Sagrada Familia (known as a church and not a cathedral), the Barcelona Cathedral holds the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain.  This beautiful gothic structure was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona (co-patron saint of Barcelona), a young virgin who suffered martyrdom during Roman times.  Saint Eulalia's body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt.

More can be learned about Barcelona Cathedral here:
http://www.catedralbcn.org

If you ever visit Barcelona, don't miss out on seeing this cathedral!

Love,
Radha

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sagrada família in barcelona, spain

During my trip to Spain last year, I had the chance to visit one of the most beautiful and unique churches of the world, the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain, by famed architect, Antoni Gaudí (1852 - 1926).  This church is also known as the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family.  Construction on this started in 1882 and Gaudí became involved (and took over this project) in 1883, incorporating Gothic and Art Nouveau styles of architecture.  Gaudí then died in 1926 when only 25% of this project was complete.  Relying solely on private donations ever since, this building's completion date is anticipated to now be in 2026!

You can learn more about the history of this beautiful structure here:
http://www.sagradafamilia.org/

Love,
Radha

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madrid by day

Here's another montage of mine from driving around Madrid, Spain during the day!  
Take me back to Europe!

Love,
Radha

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madrid by night

Last year, my love and I had a chance to visit many wonderful cities in Europe for our (1 year delayed) honeymoon.  Here's a montage of our time around Madrid, Spain by night, filmed on my Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens.  
More short film montages from our time in Europe yet to come!

Love,
Radha

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birch aquarium in la jolla (by san diego)

This past weekend my love and I did a mini vacation in San Diego, California.  We're both fans of all kinds of animals, so we managed to visit the Birch Aquarium at UCSD in La Jolla and the San Diego Zoo.  
Here's a short film montage I did from our visit to the Birch Aquarium which I highly recommend you visit if you get a chance!  It's smaller than some other aquariums I've visited, but it's packed with such beautiful and mesmerizing sea creatures!  Love!  

Love,
Radha

P.S.:  I filmed this on my Sony RX100 Mark IV, shareable on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/radhamehtamusic in the "A Dose Of Soul" playlist.

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i'm going to marry this boy

An unlikely romance in India at a time when women weren't allowed the freedom of choice. Against all odds, this woman's love story has survived 45 years of marital bliss and is still going strong.
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Although it may not show on this blog, I've been doing a lot of "creative" work behind the scenes.  Albeit I've also been crazily consumed by watching the 2016 Rio Olympics every night these last two weeks, but I'll share my thoughts (and revelations) on that in a different post(s)!  Thank goodness that amazing madness is now over!  But nevertheless, I've finally managed to go through all my video footage I've taken over the past 2 years from various places I've traveled, and turn them into short films.  I was inspired to do so by watching some incredible films by awesome filmmakers on Vimeo.  There's so much one can do with just a pocket camera and some film editing skills!

Aside from having my own Vimeo channel under the name of my production house "A Dose Of Soul", I decided to create a playlist called "A Dose Of Soul" on my personal YouTube page.  I finally uploaded to YouTube this short film I released last year called "I'm Going To Marry This Boy".  This film fortunately got selected to be in several film festivals and even won awards.  But, the best reward I got from creating it was the look (and the tears) on both my mom and dad's faces when they first watched it.  Of course they were the first ones to watch it because I wanted to make sure I had their blessing before I made it public.

Hopefully this film is self-explanatory, but in short, my mom and dad were rebels in their own right.  Although they considered arranged marriage as a rite of passage, they didn't accept that as the ONLY way to fall in love with one another...and instead, they created for themselves an adventure of a 3-year courtship, which later turned into a lifelong bond that one can only dream of obtaining.  Their love for one another, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, serves as a constant source of inspiration and role model for me.  I pray that I can replicate even just an ounce of their loving companionship in my years ahead.

I look forward to sharing more films of mine on stories, poetry, and travel over these next few weeks.  I hope you like them, and please support me by following me on YouTube and/or Vimeo, links below!

YouTube "A Dose Of Soul" playlist: www.youtube.com/radhamehtamusic
Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/adoseofsoul

Love,
Radha