The Spirit and Wisdom of Grandmother
Category: Travel Portraits
Photo and caption by Shyamal Datta
This image of a young girl and her grandmother was taken in a tiny fishing village off the coast of Odisha in India. Not far away from here is a 10 kilometer sandy beach off the Indian Ocean and here every year for thousands of years Olive Ridley turtles arrive from the oceans to nest making it the second largest mass nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles in the world. Fishing has been banned in the ocean here rendering the entire fishing community without any means of livelihood and cut off from ancient traditional practice. This means uncertain times ahead for the young girl in the image.
Location: Fishing Village near Rishikulya River Mouth,Chatrapur, Odisha, India