Livelihoods sail on wooden boats!

January 26, 2019
contest: CHANGE in Wood Culture - People
$ 4800
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Aveek Bhowmik
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On a rickety wooden boat symbolic of their traditional livelihood source, a couple of fishermen sets out at the crack of dawn into river Ganga, in Kolkata, a bustling metropolis in east India. A typical early morning sees the gigantic river speckled with little fishing boats and their ragtag crews, mostly in twos, vigorously rowing, vying for a big catch. They move deeper into the water and cast their fishing net wide. After that, it's a game of patience, skills and luck. Kolkata residents’ love affair with fish is quite well known, and there is hardly, if ever, a dull business day for the fisher-folk, although that’s not to say that they have it easy. But then, for hundreds of years, generations of fishing families in Kolkata have lived like this, and with a profound understanding and respect for their environment. They worship the river around them as much as their weathered boats that have been fitted and refitted numerous times, and keeps the basis of their sustenance afloat.

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