Interview with Roving Lama, Animeta Creator

Roving Lama

Welcome to an exclusive interview with the creative mind behind Animeta, the innovative and captivating web series that has taken the digital world by storm. We are honored to be in the virtual presence of the enigmatic Roving Lama, the visionary creator who has seamlessly blended animation and meta-narrative to deliver a unique and thought-provoking viewing experience.

Animeta has garnered widespread acclaim for its ability to transcend traditional storytelling boundaries, leaving audiences captivated and craving more. Today, we delve into the mind of Roving Lama to unravel the inspiration, challenges, and creative process that have brought Animeta to life.

What inspired you to become a motovlogger and document your travel experiences? 

Roving Lama: My entry into motovlogging and documenting travel experiences was fueled by a profound love for motorcycles that blossomed during my college years. The turning point occurred in 2013 when I embarked on a solo journey from Dehradun to Rajasthan on my Pulsar 180, discovering the sheer joy of exploring new places and cultures on two wheels.

During a challenging period in my life, I found solace in motorcycle travel. A video from “Counting Miles,” showcasing a solo ride from Kolkata to Ladakh, became a beacon of inspiration, drawing me into the mesmerizing realm of travel vlogs.

Motivated by this newfound passion, I quickly equipped myself with a GoPro and accessories, kickstarting my motovlogging journey with a ride from Pune to Korigad Fort. This marked the inception of my YouTube channel, where I not only document my travels but also find therapeutic fulfilment, sharing the exhilaration of the open road during life’s highs and lows.

Could you share a standout moment from your journey that significantly impacted you as a content creator?

Roving Lama: I can reflect on a transformative moment during an adventurous journey from Leh to Hanle In 2022, amidst a Kedarnath to Ladakh ride, along with two friends. I documented a meticulous 250 km journey to the remote village of Hanle, known for its proximity to the India-China border and its significance to the Indian Astronomical Department.

The pivotal moment occurred when, about 100 km before Hanle, we unexpectedly lost communication. Faced with the challenges of the pitch-dark surroundings, no suitable places to stay, and safety concerns, we took the initiative to knock on random doors in a nearby village. An old couple emerged from a humble dwelling and, despite not having a designated homestay, generously offered their place for them to spend the night.

Entering the house, i sensed an initial unease as we observed the elderly couple, the wife adorned in traditional Buddhist attire, chanting mantras softly. Communication with the old man was through hand gestures, adding to the unique atmosphere. In this moment of fear, i realized the importance of documenting the raw and authentic aspects of my journey, extending beyond the positive and happy moments.

Gradually, the atmosphere lightened, and the elderly couple shared local stories, providing insights into life in Hanle and recommending places to explore. This transformative encounter had a profound impact on me, leading to a decision to keep Roving Lama content raw and authentic.

From that point forward, the focus shifted towards showcasing the less-explored facets of the journey, capturing a range of emotions and experiences beyond the positive highlights.

How do you approach creating content with limited resources while on your solo adventures?

Roving Lama: On my “Ride for Krishna,” I keep it minimal with two motorcycle saddlebags, one for clothes and the other for camera gear. Each day, I start my ride around 8 to 9:00 a.m., making sure to choose accommodations with reliable internet. Upon reaching my stop, I transfer footage from my drone, Insta 360, and two GoPros to my laptop for daily episode editing.

However, the challenge arises in areas with poor network coverage. To overcome this, I’ve developed a strategy. During my ride the next day, I strategically stop at dhabas or restaurants with better connectivity to upload the video before my scheduled time.

I proactively address potential issues by creating 2 to 3 videos in advance. This not only allows me to navigate through areas with unpredictable network coverage but also ensures a consistent daily vlog upload even in adverse circumstances.

What challenges do you anticipate encountering during your upcoming 19,000 km journey across India, and how do you plan to overcome them?

Roving Lama: Two major challenges loom on my upcoming journey. Firstly, the language barrier, especially in South India, poses a hurdle when delving into remote villages to learn about local cultures. To address this, I rely on gestures, smiles, and occasionally use my Instagram platform for assistance from my diverse follower base when language fails.

The second challenge involves potential encounters with individuals opposed to the temple-related messaging on my bike during the “Ride for Krishna.” While I haven’t faced this yet, I anticipate backlash in less receptive areas. To navigate this, I plan to engage my social media community for guidance and support, ensuring a safe journey through their collective wisdom and assistance.

Can you elaborate on your collaboration with Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir and your goal to support the temple’s construction through your journey?

Roving Lama: The main goal of my ongoing ride is to actively engage the public, encouraging their support and contributions to the construction of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. I employ two key strategies : Displaying prominent QR code stickers on both the back and front of my motorcycle .The back QR code directs individuals to the VCM × Roving Lama campaign page, allowing them to contribute to the temple’s construction at Rs 2100 per square foot.

The front-side (mudguard) sticker provides campaign details, along with a QR code for UPI payments, facilitating smaller on the spot donations. At tourist sites or temples, I interact with people, explaining the temple’s significance and encouraging contributions. Many scan the QR code for immediate UPI donations, while others capture details to explore the campaign later.

Daily documentation of my journey is shared on Instagram and YouTube through a vlog format. Content highlights the journey’s challenges, overcoming obstacles, and exploration of different locations.

Viewers are urged to contribute to the “Ride for Krishna” mission, with showcased contributions from individuals met during the journey. This strategy ensures continuous online promotion, fostering awareness and encouraging donations for this noble cause.

As we conclude our conversation with the brilliant mind behind Animeta, Roving Lama, we find ourselves inspired by the passion, creativity, and dedication that fuels this groundbreaking project. Animeta stands as a testament to the limitless possibilities of storytelling in the digital age, pushing boundaries and challenging conventional norms.

Roving Lama’s unique perspective and commitment to innovation have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. As we eagerly anticipate the future endeavors of this visionary creator, we express our gratitude for the insights shared and the magical journey through the world of Animeta. May the spirit of creativity continue to thrive, and may Roving Lama’s imaginative endeavors continue to shape the landscape of storytelling for years to come.

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