Lingering devastation of the tsunami

Dead, bleached trees are the most visible legacy of the tsunami

Dead, bleached trees are the most visible legacy of the tsunami

Hut Bay, Little Andaman, which was struck by a 30-meter wall of water five years ago, still carries a few scars: now-empty beaches where homes once stood. But photographing that dramatically is a bit akin to taking pictures of something that isn’t there.

The most stark reminder: sun-bleached trees along the forest line (above) that were stripped of their leaves by the force of nature.

Continue reading this entry » » »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The sea is a lovely, cruel mistress

A fetish to the sea goddess

A fetish to the sea goddess

On December 26, 2004, a tsunami wiped out a swath of fishermen’s homes on the beach near Hut Bay on Little Andaman island.

Five years later, I went there to see what, if anything, was left.

The fishermen and their familes have moved inland, afraid of the sea. The beach is scattered with garbage and little else.

A small temple was rebuilt near the beach, and fishermen worship there and at fetishes along the sandy spit for good luck as they head for their daily catch. Hanging from the fetish: bangles, earrings, hair and a comb.

The sea goddess is still worshipped because they know no other way. She is wonderful and terrible all at once, one fishermen said.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Who needs baseball?

If I start a cricket team, the mascot will be the Cubs

If I start a cricket team, the mascot will be the Cubs

Indian men play cricket everywhere. Here, they’re doing six-a-side on the uneven ground once home to a fishing shantytown  on Little Andaman that was wiped out by the 2004 tsunami.

Locals haven’t rebuilt there; they say it’s unlucky; they say they’re afraid of the ocean.

But men will play cricket there, no problem.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Allegedly there were crocodiles in the pools

Little Andaman, India

Little Andaman, India

I said allegedly. The “Beware Crocodiles” signs were enough to keep me from a swim and a shower.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Not exactly Tyson, Perdue or KFC

Pretty healthy for an Indian chicken

Pretty healthy for an Indian chicken

I’m not saying that this chicken’s life is perfect, especially since this shot was taken in front of a butcher shop, but I feel far better eating meat here in India where farming remains a less corporate endeavor.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

And we’re back! (with cows)

I had to share the beach only with these guys

I had to share the beach only with these guys

Little known fact about me: I have an unreasonable fear of cattle. Big, dull cow eyes creep me out. Especially when they’re attached to a stupidly large face with horns.

Don’t laugh. I’m not kidding.

Continue reading this entry » » »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,