Vol 38 No 1 (2022)
Essays and Narratives

Forests Fanned by Waves: Embodied Ways of Knowing in a Mangrove Landscape

Sandhiya Kalyanasundaram
Published December 14, 2021


This narrative article explores a boatman's intimate relationship with the mangrove forests he had grown up with from his childhood. The author listens to the boatman's stories  about his life when he is in his sixties. How he assessed the author also implied what part of his world the author would be invited to see.  This is a narrative of warmth and friendship built through traversing the mangrove forest in a handmade raft, watching birdlife, lotuses and other mangrove species. The narrative captures the ecosophy of this boatman in his lived and embodied experience.