Goa to Hampi inIndia with Gul PanagWatch the show on June 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.,India Standard TimeAll photographs and tex...
What better start to a journey than on the beaches of Goa early inthe morning. Look closely - can you identify Gul behind ...
Given a set of four wheels with extra power, who would not be temptedto play with the water? That’s Gul for you - wetting ...
Breakfast with Gul at a shack on Goa’s beaches - we could only watchand shoot while she got the treat. Prepare something s...
Goa is known for its churches - can you identify this one?Wednesday 5 June 13
Gul Panag loves to see the world through her own lens.Wednesday 5 June 13
If you trouble Gul, she can quickly play Devil and get you! We all madesure we stayed on her good side. ;) This is what I ...
It was fun to drive the car across all kinds of terrains - likecrossing these old abandoned rail tracks on the path to the...
Ok, be honest. Are you looking at Gul or the home madekulfi (ice cream) she is having? Check out the ‘dudes’ in thebackgrou...
Is Gul learning a new dance here? Nope - this is some move tobalance on a surf board in Gokarna. Did she surf herself? Wat...
Have you tried surfing? I am not sure if I ever will - but doshare your experiences.Wednesday 5 June 13
This is not monkey business. This isthe crew at work.Wednesday 5 June 13
Is this a beautiful beach, or is this a serene beautiful beach?Where is it? If you have been following Twitter @FordIndia ...
What happens when one artist meets another? Imagine lettingyour creative senses loose on the beautiful rock structures ofH...
Can Gul do goat-talk? She can. Don’t believe me?See for yourself on the show.Wednesday 5 June 13
It sure was fun driving through the sometimes rocky -sometimes green landscape of HampiWednesday 5 June 13
Ladies andGentlemen,presenting… “TheMusically Yours,One and Only…..GulllllPanaggggggg”Wednesday 5 June 13
That’s a smart parting shot :)Wednesday 5 June 13
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Ford India - National Geographic: My Endeavour with Gul Panag

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BY AJAY JAIN

My usual job is to travel and write travelogues based on my own experiences. And then comes along an opportunity to do the same with a twist: record someone else’s experience on the road.

I travelled with Bollywood actress Gul Panag on her drive recently from Goa to Hampi via Karwar and Gokarna. Ford India and the National Geographic channel were producing a series where Gul drove on the circuit of her choice in Ford Endeavour alterrain edition (http://www.india.ford.com/suvs/endeavour). Gul was on an endeavour of her own - in search of material for a possible coffee table book, or a travelogue.

What was it like? When you have a pleasing and friendly personality like Gul, it can only be fun. Especially since driving just comes naturally to her - whether on two wheels or four wheels. Gul belongs to the road - a space where I come into my own too. I must admit the terrain was a bit rough - and for six days, we would wake up before first light, and be out till as late as beyond midnight. And be on the move all through in search of stories and personalities. The summer heat did no favours to us. Surprisingly, Gul took it all in her stride - always ready for the next shot. No sir, there were no starry tantrums here. Hats off to the professionalism.

Would you have liked to join the ride yourself? Who wouldn’t have. But seats were naturally limited. Although there was a lucky winner of a Ford India’s contest who did get to be a part of the drive. I understand your jealousy, but don’t feel too disappointed: Tune in to National Geographic channel in India on June 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for a drive with Gul Panag.

Will the show be fun to watch? Yes. How do I know that? I was there, behind the scenes, when it was being shot. And I can personally endorse what I saw. What can you expect to see? I am not letting the cat out of the bag, but here is a little teaser to whet the appetite. Stay tuned for more.

Have a look at more images from the trip at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151344332960770.1073741835.108449295769. And watch the curtain raiser on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ph_A8TLsuM.

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Ford India - National Geographic: My Endeavour with Gul Panag

  1. 1. Goa to Hampi inIndia with Gul PanagWatch the show on June 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.,India Standard TimeAll photographs and text by Ajay Jainajay@ajayjain.com / http://kunzum.comWednesday 5 June 13
  2. 2. What better start to a journey than on the beaches of Goa early inthe morning. Look closely - can you identify Gul behind thewheel?Wednesday 5 June 13
  3. 3. Given a set of four wheels with extra power, who would not be temptedto play with the water? That’s Gul for you - wetting the cameras in theprocess. Fortunately, they survived to shoot another day.Wednesday 5 June 13
  4. 4. Breakfast with Gul at a shack on Goa’s beaches - we could only watchand shoot while she got the treat. Prepare something special at homeon June 23 while watching the show on National Geographic. What ifGul steps out of the screen and decides to join you?Wednesday 5 June 13
  5. 5. Goa is known for its churches - can you identify this one?Wednesday 5 June 13
  6. 6. Gul Panag loves to see the world through her own lens.Wednesday 5 June 13
  7. 7. If you trouble Gul, she can quickly play Devil and get you! We all madesure we stayed on her good side. ;) This is what I meant about the fun sideof her - always ready for games even after shooting in the blazing sun.Wednesday 5 June 13
  8. 8. It was fun to drive the car across all kinds of terrains - likecrossing these old abandoned rail tracks on the path to thebeaches of Karwar.Wednesday 5 June 13
  9. 9. Ok, be honest. Are you looking at Gul or the home madekulfi (ice cream) she is having? Check out the ‘dudes’ in thebackground.Wednesday 5 June 13
  10. 10. Is Gul learning a new dance here? Nope - this is some move tobalance on a surf board in Gokarna. Did she surf herself? Watch theshow to know.Wednesday 5 June 13
  11. 11. Have you tried surfing? I am not sure if I ever will - but doshare your experiences.Wednesday 5 June 13
  12. 12. This is not monkey business. This isthe crew at work.Wednesday 5 June 13
  13. 13. Is this a beautiful beach, or is this a serene beautiful beach?Where is it? If you have been following Twitter @FordIndia or@natgeotv_india you will know.Wednesday 5 June 13
  14. 14. What happens when one artist meets another? Imagine lettingyour creative senses loose on the beautiful rock structures ofHampi in Karnataka.Wednesday 5 June 13
  15. 15. Can Gul do goat-talk? She can. Don’t believe me?See for yourself on the show.Wednesday 5 June 13
  16. 16. It sure was fun driving through the sometimes rocky -sometimes green landscape of HampiWednesday 5 June 13
  17. 17. Ladies andGentlemen,presenting… “TheMusically Yours,One and Only…..GulllllPanaggggggg”Wednesday 5 June 13
  18. 18. That’s a smart parting shot :)Wednesday 5 June 13
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