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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fishermen at work

The fishermen’s villages, colonies and their working areas on the beach all form an interesting experience. These places form an assortment of colours and look vibrant throughout.


Whenever I personally visit these fishing colonies, I get to learn new things. In fact, I have learnt about tides and times, fishing techniques, boat building techniques and others from such fishing communities.


And whenever, I am in a coastal town and/or close to the shores, I make it a point to visit at least one fishing village.

 
This time when I was visiting the Danish beach town of Tranquebar, I got to see the fishermen in usual and different light. As high tide started setting in, the local fishermen got our their fishing gear. Within a short while, they had caught quite a bit of catch.


As darkness set in, other local fishermen ventured towards the rocks and into crevices without any light to come out with large crabs.


In the evenings, you can see a lot of maintenance work in progress. Be it the stitching of fishing nets or the periodic maintenance of the fishing boats, they all form an interesting and knowledgeable experience.


Even better if you can converse in the native tongue of the fishermen. That way, you not only get to see interesting stuff, but also get to hear about it straight from the horse’s mouth.



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