Sunday, October 25, 2009

the sunderbans

This is the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal. Its name means 'beautiful forest'. It is vast and mostly impenetrable. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it also contains the largest tiger reserve in India that is home to around 250 tigers.

My cousin David Marland is visiting Singapore for a few days. He is an avid family historian and his visit is very timely.

He tells me that my great-great grandfather, Edward Alkin, supposedly was the Harbourmaster in Calcutta sometime in the late 1800's. Information is vague though we know that he had not been in the post very long before he died ... in the Sunderbans. He was buried there, and some time later his body was exhumed and re-buried in the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Calcutta.


  1. Wow! What a sublime image! (Sorry to detract from your story) - just had to ask - did you take this from the air?

  2. i wish! its from google maps. its an amazing place .. i believe. hoping to go out there sometime in the next few weeks. there is only a small area that is accessible.

    stay tuned x m