Gender Diversity in Coconut Sellers

Neil Island/Shaheed Dweep picture story

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh
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Photo by the author.

I am on a beach vacation and am determinedly checking activities off my bucket list.

Cellular Jail pilgrimage ✅ Glass bottom boat ✅ Snorkeling ✅

With any luck and good weather, I might be able to do some scuba diving and jet skiing tomorrow or the day after.

After each activity, we have some island coconut water and cream.

They taste amazing.

Photo by the author.

My children have started to brace each time they see me ask a coconut seller for a picture. Sometimes, the seller isn’t willing.

Sometimes, the seller is willing to be photographed, but is not performing the activity I want them to — hacking the coconut. On one occasion, the seller was busy counting paper money… not the moment I wanted.

Today, I got the picture I wanted and the young man at Bharatpur Beach has a wonderful smile to boot!

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Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh
Read or Die!

I don’t just create smiles, I inspire them! Dentist, mom—Jamshedpur, India.