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Photographer's Note

The above shot is taken at Mandarmoni sea beach during low tide. Ten years ago this was a small fishing village with a really beautiful virgin beach on the Bay of Bengal. I used to visit this place on weekends long before this became a bustling dirty tourist town. Oh what fun it was then...just chilled beer, fried fish, you and the sea.

But sadly the beauty of this place brought around its downfall...big resorts were opened bang on the beach, hordes of people came in, food stalls and markets were opened. The Virgin beach no longer remained a virgin. The rows of Casurina trees holding the vital sand and top soil were chopped down mercilessly. The sand since then is slowly being washed away by the rampaging sea and now there is more clay than sand on the beach. Nobody understood that this small eco-sensitive place doesn't have the capacity to handle such large number of tourists.

The local people who are really poor are facing a huge dilemma whether to save their native village or to carry on with the easy money they are earning from tourism. Following a public petition the Supreme Court of India has declared all resorts and hotels blatantly flouting coastal regulations illegal. But in India if you have money, power and have good contacts, you can break any law under the sun. So everything is going on as it was earlier, but the place is dying a slow death.

I found these watermarks left behind by the tide, very symbolic and as I don't find the future of this place to be very bright, I convert this to B&W.

Thanks for visiting.

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  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 411 W: 14 N: 908] (4065)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.0, 1/800 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-30 2:07
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