"They number in the thousands, these islands; some are immense and some no larger than sandbars; some have lasted through recorded history while others were washed into being just a year or two ago. . . The rivers‘ channels are spread across the land like a fine-mesh net, creating a terrain where the boundaries between land and water are always mutating, always unpredictable. Some of these channels are mighty waterways, so wide across that one shore is invisible from the other; others are no more than two or three kilometers long and only a few hundred meters across . . . when these channels, it is often in clusters of four, five or even six: at these confluences, the water stretches to the far edges of the landscape and the forest dwindles into a distant rumour of land echoing back from the horizon" - Hungry Tide, Amitava Ghosh
The ongoing series is about nature, humanity, ecology and micro-culture of the islets of the Ganges delta that lie south of Kolkata and east of West Bengal/ Bangladesh frontier. This delta spanning 335 km in width is the largest
mangrove forest in the world at the mouth of Ganges and is spread across areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal. It is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. It is a place in which the sea, the river, the land, humans and animals all co- exist. This co-existence is sometimes in harmony, but often in competition. The Sundarbans is a vast area of sundari trees, as the mangroves are locally called which are able to tolerate environmental conditions of salt water, and they constitute the flora of the area. The series gradually will try to portray the realities of surviving in such windswept areas.
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