One of the more beautiful sights in the morning when I am on my favourite seat is the fishing going on in the backwaters.
Local fishermen are in their country boats using traditional method of casting the net, the only difference being that almost all their boats are now motorised and not having to use row.
But these fisherfolk seen in the picture are not locals. They are from the neighbouring state of Karnataka with their coracles.
Their fishing method resembles the solar system, like the earth going around the sun while turning round on it’s own axis.
These coracles spread the nets around while making their own rotational move encircling the fish swiftly.
The most important and sweet thing is that it’s the husband and wife team in each of the coracles. That makes it so heartwarming.
Right now it’s raining and they are still out there earning the bread for the family and fish for us.
Wish them a good catch.
Monsoon has arrived and it’s beautiful here. Rains in Kerala are special. That’s when the entire state become air-conditioned with pleasant weather.
That’s not all, it’s beautiful to sit and watch the sheets of water coming down from the skies.
It started the day before. There were occasional rains before that, remains of the summer rains with humidity and worse, some thunder and lightning.
And it gave way to the South West Monsoon. The transition in some 18 hours is phenomenal. The humidity has disappeared and the thunder is gone. Total bliss is ushered in.
Last year in August there were some excess rains and the state perhaps would have withstood it, but for what is assessed to be human error in storing maximum water in some 33 dams and releasing all of them together when the water level continued to rise. The after effects were sad and to be avoided forever.
Normal monsoon is very welcome. The rivers get cleaned up and I fancy several trips to the river I grew up in. And of course the beautiful drive in the rain, through the good roads in the villages.
Last evening was my swimming day and the pre shower and the pool water felt cold but it energised me.
And I have one of the best spots to watch the rain. From my balcony across the sprawling backwaters.
Sincere welcome! Come and have coffee with me, watching the rains.