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.
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