SlowRover Snapshots #16

Kolkata, Fisherman,
Old Man and his Fish

Title: Old Man and his Fish
Location: Gangasagar, West Bengal

Each day millions of Indians use boats to traverse mighty water bodies of the Great Indian Plains. On one such boat ride, I noticed this peculiar man. He had his hands inside two containers while vigourously shaking the what was inside. After witnessing this strange, incessant act for more than 15 minutes, I went ahead and inquired about the reasons for his actions.

He¬†replied “I am transporting freshly caught fish in these vessels. If I don’t ¬†keep stirring the water inside, the fish will suffocate and die withing minutes. I must do whatever it takes to keep them alive and fresh!”

“And what will you do¬†with the fish¬†when you get down from this boat?” I inquired further.

“Kill them.” came the reply.

I gave him a gentle smiled and walked to the other side of the boat.

Little ironies that fill our lives.

 

SR Travel Tip:¬†If you ever visit West Bengal,¬†We strongly advise¬†you to visit the Sunderbans. It is the world’s largest delta and a¬†home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Vibhav

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