Photo Essay of a Village of Sunderbans, West Bengal

For this week’s Thursday Challenge: Landscape, I have a photo essay on a coastal village of Sunderbans.

From the resort we were taken on a small tour of a village there. I didn’t notice any major development. Very simple lifestyle of people!

The roads are newly laid ones after Tsunami of 2004 had destroyed the entire village.

A typical outdoor cooking space, outdoor kitchen. Dry sticks, hay used a fuel for cooking.

Children playing in large open grounds, a rare scene in the city I live.

A typical shop.

Notice the windows?

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44 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful captures as always, Indrani, and as always, they're very moving as it's difficult to realize the differences in our world today! Thank you — again, as always, for sharing with us.

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    in this day of fast-moving technology, it is amazing to think some village remain simple. thank you.

  3. magiceye says:

    Beautifully captured ambiance! Did you see any tigers?

  4. A Simple and peaceful village.

  5. Nisha Jha says:

    That's a lovely photo essay Indrani. You've portrayed a simple village life.

    Keep clicking & keep sharing.

  6. Renuka says:

    Wow, such a pretty village! Lovely photo essay!

  7. Wonderful photo series..

  8. Great photos, nice post

  9. Gattina says:

    That is real country life ! They probably are more happy then we are in our technology world and dangerous streets !

  10. Nice candid captures!

  11. This is so serene…enchanting

  12. So serene and enchanting

  13. Nice pictures and the favorite for us this time is the number two. Have a nice day.

  14. Hari OM
    Essay? सुंदर है!! YAM xx

  15. Interesting to see how people can live and survive under such simple circumstances. Great photos!

  16. ladyfi says:

    Wonderfully captured.

  17. Beautiful buildings, so pleasing to see the people.

  18. a very interesting photo story; thanks for sharing; have a nice Thursday

    much love…

  19. Still close to nature. But I would be pleased if they get all the facilities that we city dwellers get.
    A great descriptive photo essay! 🙂

  20. George says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you on this tour of the village. This is a marvelous photo essay.

  21. Bibi says:

    Wonderful visit!

  22. heart of india lies in its villages. simple life. if u had gone now, probably u would have clicked some leaders(returning after 5 years) donating cash for vote 😀

  23. Mridula says:

    So simple and yet so charming.

  24. Hey these r gr8 pics! Hope simplicity n beauty of these places is always preserved….

  25. This was so pure…for a moment, I just got transported there…

  26. aamjunta says:

    Simple, heart-warming…

  27. Seeta says:

    Wow I should plan a trip to the Sunderbans soon

  28. sangeeta says:

    Wow. Lovely landscapes, rustic and so charming.

  29. Loved it. The pics take us to a different world altogether.

  30. Jeevan says:

    Oh! Tsunami had reached so far… great pictures on the village.

  31. Such a serene environment. Nice pics Indrani.

  32. beautiful capture 🙂

  33. D.Nambiar says:

    A nice look at a village and village life especially for people who are not familiar with scenes of this kind.

    That path by the canal would make a great place for a leisurely walk, but then, I'm sure these people don't have the time (or need) to walk. 🙂

  34. Asha Ram says:

    Beautiful! I've always wanted to visit Sunderbans.

  35. These villages in Sunderban are different than the villages in dry area. The socio-economic conditions and exploitations are worse here.People make their living by fishing honey collection but paid very poorly. The mahajans pay advances which are cleared by these villagers at very high interest. Development work is too slow. I worked in these areas for fresh water investigations.

  36. panaecea says:

    You are so well traveled and a great chronicler of the beauties captured through lens.

  37. Nima Das says:

    lovely pics! Couldnt help notice the lady wearing a nightie, soon i think this will become our national dress in India

  38. It's a pity that centralized powers cannot reach nooks and corners of India, except during Election seasons. I love the traditional houses by the people (first photo), which is Sustainable Architecture, by self-help from Nature's bounty.

  39. Felt like I was transported to a different era all together.

  40. Dani says:

    Had to google where Sunderbans is. Shame on me – the embassy of Bangladesh sits right below our office. It’s always amazing (and kind of envious) to find villages in the world that are still unaffected by modernity. While I know I can’t give up convenience and technology, I’d love to be able to at least spend a day in places like Sunderbans!

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