‘When I researched The No Nonsense Guide to Tourism, I was fascinated by the way the concept of ‘paradise’ was created by the tourism industry and the way we bought into it, hook, line and sinker.’
Articles by Pamela Nowicka
The view from the Shanti Café is, undeniably, spectacular. Beach, fishing boats, distant Shore Temples rising from the spray of the turquoise sea. And as the café is one floor up, there are additional advantages to the view, as the European owner points out: ‘It’s better up here where you don’t have to be watched by poor people looking at your food as you eat.’ Being one storey up means that customers are inaccessible to the women plying the scorching sands trying to sell bedsheets, or the men determinedly trying to interest tourists in stone carved elephants.
- October 12, 2007
Kumar takes a small plaster elephant from the rows displayed on the glass cabinet of his shop. He starts drawing lines on the floor with its foot. ‘The government wants to turn this place into a second Taj Mahal.Straight roads everywhere so you can see the monuments.’ We’ve been talking about the recent wholesale destruction of most of the street trees.
- February 23, 2007