Google designed this ad for the massive Indian market, but its theme of friendship transcends language, cultural and political barriers.
The arbitrary 1947 partition of the British Indian Empire into Pakistan and India meant that friends and families found themselves in different countries literally overnight. Many were displaced, or forced to flee ethnic and religious violence, and lifelong relationships were torn asunder during one of the largest population movements in recorded history. But friends and family do not forget each other.
The ad may be a little obvious in how it tugs the heartstrings, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s utterly believable. If I were searching for someone who was long lost to my family, Google is where I would start.
(If this embed doesn’t allow you to click on the captions box at lower right — the little icon that looks like an envelope — go to the YouTube page to watch it there.)