The Islands Through a Mainlander’s Camera

From India’s Eastern Coast

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh
Tourist in My Own Country

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Outside a railway station in India. Three arches, heritage buildings, house food courts and executive lounges.
Outside Howrah Railway Station. Author’s image.

But it is a port! How can we lack things? Everything comes through here.

I travelled to the Andaman Islands on India’s eastern tip last week.

Before I left, I got some good-natured but still worrying travel tips from people who had never travelled to an island.

“Carry protein bars! The islands might lose their connection with the mainland, and then, what will you eat!”

I bought and packed protein bars for my island vacation as if I were to subsist on them.

However, the islands were well-stocked and some shops in Port Blair and Havelock had more inventory than shops in landlocked Jamshedpur, where I live.

So here’s a photo journey from Howrah, in Kolkata, on India’s northeastern tip, to Neil Island, on its southeastern tip.

Told through (mostly smiling) shopkeepers and baristas!

Two men smile at the camera. One stands in front of a pile of fruit and the other is crimping a sandwich.
At Sendha Juice and Snack Bar, inside the Howrah station complex. Author’s image.

The juice and snack bar at Howrah railway station has freshly squeezed juice to accompany your food.

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Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh
Tourist in My Own Country

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