The lives that embrace the sea

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    Ever saw the boats stand still on the shore . For sure we must have wondered “when do they set sail??” .  They have many tales to tell , they have witnessed some fierce storms and stand as a symbol of the fishermen’s lives.

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    When the whole world is fast asleep , few shoulders wrestle these boats into the sea  .even before the sun is out, 6 men are set to sail on these boats rowing them hard into the deep seas. Rough weather or  troubled seas are never a hindrance to them . Their only hope is that ,their long and strenuous struggle with the nets and the sea, would yield them a good catch so they make some money out of it . And when  done they set back to the shore with the heavy loaded boat with a huge catch , if they had been lucky enough. You would very well see this on the shore early in the mornings.

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    Wouldn’t it be nice to sit by one of them and talk to them about their life ? When asked one  about his catch ,he was all smiling. Luckily they had a big bountiful catch that day .it is indeed surprising to know how much they make in a day . Would you like to take a guess. Sometimes it’s a mere 100 Rs and when a good catch its 300Rs to 400Rs . And that makes them a happy day. Compared to the maintenance costs of the boats and the nets this is not a very big return. But this is what that keeps their lives on the wheels. The boat is owned by an owner and he has a slightly bigger share in the catch .

     

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    When asked about their families and children , not all the children in the house go to school and the women work as housemaids and daily wage laborers in the neighborhood  and their ends are met . It is often an issue that their boats start leaking or they get stuck in a storm , luck does play a role in their survival then but beyond that it is their strength and determination to win over the sea and come out .

    They camouflage with the general public in the regular hours only the early dawn hours testify their labor. They are completely disconnected to the world as we know it , far away from the digital world and they cannot be accessed by our social communication. But their labor makes it to our tables.

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