Sticks Of Trade – Fisherman’s Stick

Spent a free Sunday morning at the Delta beach, a short drive from Udupi in South India, watching the fishermen setting out to sea, and coming back with their day’s catch. Was facinated by their use of a stick – a short, sturdy cut branch of a tree –  for multiple purposes. It was indeed an indispensible part of the proceedings. Be it for hauling in the nets with the catch from the sea, carrying the catch, rolling in the nets, carrying the ropes – the stick seemed to be used for everything. A true fisherman’s mate.

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Fishermen’s Village

On a short visit to our ancestral hometown in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, India. I’d come on work with a morning to spare and decided to explore. Went to Kaup beach in the evening to photograph the lighthouse. The next day, we woke up early and drove down to Delta beach to catch the fishermen at work.

Came across an idyllic village on the way back – Kodi Bengre – a short drive from Udupi in Karnataka, India. We were struck by the neat, clean surroundings and brightly painted houses on either side of the wind-swept road. It was still early, the village folk were either at sea or on the beach; hauling in the day’s catch. The village was deserted and very charming. The bright colors amidst the trees, the sea in the background, the morning light – we needed no prompting. The camera was out and clicking.

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