Yarns and experiences from place to place.

Bolgatty: a place I know well

Bolgatty Island, Cochin

To the north, a utilitarian concrete bridge flies down from the mainland onto Bolgatty’s eastern shore, races across to the other side, then takes off towards neighbouring Vypeen island. A community of Harijans (aka ‘Untouchables’) has made its home under the bridge on Bolgatty, leaning bits of corrugated metal up against the bridge’s concrete piles and, covering them with plastic sheets and old rags.