For Indians, a large part of the nationalist identity constitutes of the image of a landmass bound by a borderline of length 15107 km and an image of it shown over and over again in every form, from textbook to flags to banners and pamphlets. Interestingly, almost half of the border is coastline, a massive span of 7517 km. Bay of Bengal to the east and Arabian sea to the west.
Unlike the imaginary lines dissecting actual landmass between nations, the coastline serves as the natural border and also provide livelihood for millions of Indians. There are no troops on this border, just a lot of people living their daily lives.
I am very interested in this relationship between the sea and the people. So I set out to explore this relationship through images. This is the first installment of hopefully many that I will try to cover during an extended period of time. The posts are going to be sporadic and spaced out in no particular order or timeline.
Chapter 1: Bakkhali
The journey starts at Bakkhali, a small hamlet located just beside the delta region of Bay of Bengal, separated from the mainland by the river Hatania-Doania. A mere 125 km from Kolata, it is a far cry from the bustles of the metro city. The beach serves as the lifeline for most of its inhabitants as tourism is the main business here.
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