The Indian Ocean is a collection of stories about daily life in places around the Indian Ocean Rim. Dispatches From Kochi is the first instalment – a collection of stories from Kochi in Kerala, India. Written by Robert Wood, this series brings to light the texture and tone of everyday life in this small port town.
The Indian economy is full of small shopkeepers. Lakshman looks at just one.
After 21 days on a boat, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan finally saw landmass before he was put away in immigration detention for 17 months. He reflects on the isolation he felt in the detention centres, including time on Christmas Island, and what it was like to finally have his freedom back.
"Love, I realised, is a state of being that emerges from a practise. You develop love through intimacy, truth-telling and truth-listening, custodianship, and the simple act of being together: hiking, fishing, birdwatching, camping, breathing, smelling, touching, eating Country."
“I believe there are fundamental questions that consume so many children of survivors... 'If the Holocaust had never happened and, consequently, my parents had never met, does that mean I owe my life to this catastrophe?’”