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.
Musing on holiday makers who come from near and far, Tourists paints the scene for one of Kochi’s major industries.
“Whenever we come together as a family which wouldn’t happen very often… we would all eat Vietnamese food and spring rolls were definitely one of the ones we’d all have. There's a feeling of community coming together, like a reunion almost.”
Islands of Home is the second series in Centre for Stories’ collection, The Indian Ocean. Written by Agustinus Wibowo, they bring to life intimate and telling moments of contemporary Indonesian society in five parts. In them, we reflect on history, ritual, politics, fashion and culture, all told in a perceptive and approachable voice. This is story three, The Prisoners of the Border.