03 December, 2020

An Outsider Within

A wanderlust-struck duo see and show the hidden India

An Outsider Within
The two are a study in contrast, constantly acting as a foil to one another. The shy, self-effacing Aditya Patankar plays off against a gregarious, outgoing Mark Shand. And the chemistry works. It's this buddy spirit which has taken the duo on to the small screen. Shand and Patankar are shooting with the National Geographic crew these days on a series of six half-hour films called India Diaries.

Shand, a best-selling author and conservationist, is well-known for his work with the Indian elephant. He has been the recipient of the British Book Awards, Travel Writer of the Year award for 1992 for his work, Travels On my Elephant. He is a life fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and alongside Sir David Attenborough, he is a vice-president of the oldest conservation society in the world - Flora and Fauna International. Patankar - who was the photographer for Shand's Travels On My Elephant and Queens of the Elephant - is a passionate individual and an inveterate traveller. He hitch-hiked all the way from Kabul to London in 1970. He was specially commissioned to shoot...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Namrata Joshi

Latest Magazine

December 07, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section