For more than a year Pradeep Damodaran travels across India’s borders to rediscover and experience life in far-flung areas that rarely feature in mainstream conversations.
In ‘Borderlands’, he shares his encounters with the war-weary fishermen of Dhanushkodi living in fear both of the Indian Coast Guard and the Sri Lankan navy;
a village on Punjab’s border with Pakistan, Hussainiwala the farmers residing there unwilling to build concrete houses for fear of them being destroyed in the ever looming war;
Tamil traders of Moreh, at Manipur-Myanmar border, who pay bribes to at least ten different militant organizations so they can safely conduct their business;
Ex-servicemen in Campbell Bay who were resettled there three generations ago and have long been forgotten by the mainland and many more.
The title gives an authoritative account of what happens in the borders which has sleepy towns and desolate villages and shown as pecks I the map.