Celebrating Bandra Life; My fishing buddy Kishore
Kishore, my guide for the evening, explains tide fishing to me well - swishing his fishing net into the air he tells me; “we first set up a perimeter of rocks to form small lagoons of water when the tide is low”. Pulling the net back his forehead cringes as he seems to come out empty but he throws the net back in again for the second time and looks at me and continues; “we then swim in here when the tide is high and set up the nets”. His facial expressions change this time to a smile as he pulls back his net this time laden with a fruitful catch of silver dangling fish with pearl like eyes.
See! He tells me, as he shows me his catch gleefully; “when the tide is low again this is the result - fish and a lot of them!”.
Kishore is one Bandra’s invisible residents, this 13-year old boy is an economic migrant from Gujurat, who came to Bombay a few years ago in search for a better future. He and his family of 6 live in a shack by the sea near Khar Danda. You might often see him outside the pan wallah near the snazzy café Crêpe Station cajoling passersby into buying him a ‘dairy milk’ [a Cadbury chocolate], but today he is a fisher boy.
Photo by Akshay Mahajan, Mumbai - INDIA.