Fish out of water- photo essay featuring a typical fishing day in coastal Kerala

     

Its a lazy Sunday morning by the beach in Trivandrum, Kerala. A steaming cup of fine coffee and a good book make for fine company as you watch the waves lash the shore and contemplate the vastness of time.

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Bliss! Luxuries on offer if you live by the coast. 

 

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Fishing boats are sunbathing too, firmly anchored to the shore.

 

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Don’t let looks deceive you. This lanky, humble catamaran may look ragged but can take on the roughest seas. 

But wait, not everyone is lazing about on Sunday- someone’s been working.

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The local fishermen are loading their fishing nets.

 

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Spools of fishing net, all curled up and now the men are raring to go. 

 

 

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I look around and catch a curious sight- a trail of men tugging along a rope which goes out into the sea.

 

 

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The rear end of the rope gets longer by the minute reminding me of mythological tales of Hanuman and his extendable, infinitely long tail.

 

 

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An hour of tugging but the catch nowhere in sight. 

 

 

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Success at last!

 

 

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That’s quite a handful! The fishermen believe its a decent catch. 

 

 

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Prospective buyers, middlemen and curious onlookers crowd around in anticipation. A noisy auction ensues as deals are struck.

 

 

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They have no use for the jelly fish which are unceremoniously thrown out. 

 

 

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Even the crows don’t seem interested.  Jellyfish end up as collateral damage.

 

 

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Crabs and fish are finally packed in crates and sent out to the market.

 

 

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Brisk business at the beachside just next to the airport. The best place to buy fresh fish. 

 

 

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As the sun descends, the boats and nets are now put to rest, sheltered by mats made of woven coconut fronds.

 

 

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Curtains down on what has been a good fishing day at the Kovalam beach. Will tomorrow be better?

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