Saturday, February 28, 2009

Climbing the Coconut Tree

Climbing a coconut is a technique, which very few people are a master of. As the society progresses, people feel it inferior to climb coconut trees. Then how will anyone harvest/remove the coconuts that grow on the toip of the trees.... However, people who know to climb coconut trees are in high demand, in these coastal towns, like Karwar.

This man has wound coconut-coir rope around his feet that grip the ridges of the coconut tree. With this support, he hoists himself up the tree, step by step, till he reaches the top. Then he takes support of the stem of the green coconut fronds, and plucks the coconuts from the tree.

If you want to learn the climbing technique see this page, another and this. This is a humourous page about a Training Course to climb coconut trees. Google search gave me 188,000 results for this Topic Subject...
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Saree store

sari or saree or shari is a female garment in the Indian subcontinent. A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff. The sari is usually worn over apetticoat (pavada/pavadai in the south, andshaya in eastern India), with a blouse known as a choli or ravika forming the upper garment. The choli has short sleeves and a low neck and is usually cropped, and as such is particularly well-suited for wear in the sultry South Asian summers. Cholis may be "backless" or of a halter neck style. These are usually more dressy with a lot of embellishments such as mirrors or embroidery and may be worn on special occasions. Women in the armed forces, when wearing a sari uniform, don a half-sleeve shirt tucked in at the waist. Source
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Snake crosses my path.....

Found this Rat snake slithering across the Highway under the 5 O'clock sun. I was on my Vespa, when i saw this, screeched to a halt. The snake stopped in its tracks, and sensing no motion, slithered down the bushes.

I was too mesmerized with the view of the snake's delicate but purposeful movement, and by the time i fished my mobile Cam out of my pockets, the snake had its head in the bushes...

Click here to see a Interesting GIF image of a snake swallowing a rat...
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Wondering about the Next Catch of Fish...

A lone Fisherman, walks on the shore, gazing at the Sea looking for the signs of movement/location of shoals of Fish....

In Karwar, fishermen still rely on the Intuitive traditional and conservative method of locating the Areas for fishing in the sea. Some of the fishermen have,by trial and error, honed their skills in this department, and such fishermen are very rare, and are in great demand by the Fishing Boat owners.
Locating the Fish is of substantial importance, to save on time, fuel and effort, and to make better profits in the market, for which such "experts" are needed. But these fishermen are now beaten in the game of Survival, by the big MNC trawlers that have the new navigational and GPS devices.

See this Article about Traditional Fishing, here....

Articles about the Challenges faced by fishermen... here...

And as the General Elections approach in April-May 2009, this Report appears - "Govt to fund domestic fish markets and stores" to gather the votes of the fishermen, maybe .... :-)
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Monday, February 2, 2009

A Pig crossed my Path - February Theme - Paths and Passages

"Man looks down on dog
Cat looks down on Man
But pig stares Man in the eye
And sees his equal"
- Sir Winston Churchill
This is the Second Picture Post for the February Theme - Paths and Passages, and its a Pig Crossing my path. This pic was taken last week at Mashem, just after Karwar. And Yes, it was not unlucky for me. But it would have been unlucky for the Pig, as it was crossing the busy National Highway no.17 - Karwar-Goa Highway. The pig was fortunate, cos nothing of that sort happened. :-)
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pathway across the River. - February 2009 Theme

I found and captured this foot bridge at Amdalli Fishing port. Its essentially a fishing bridge with wooden planks to block the water from moving out during the low-tide, to catch/trap the Fish that had moved in during the High tide.

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