Saturday, March 13, 2010


This lake is very close to where I live and I had gone there for an early morning walk on the raised mud bund on the side of the lake. These kids had strung a net all along one side of this lake - a distance of about a kilometre.

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Their first catch of the day.

One kid paddling the contraption (Coracle) forward and the other retrieving the net.

They have caught one more and have become aware that I am photographing them. Their quizzical, innocent smiles...

They hold up their next catch for me to witness.

They are busy - more catches - earning a living, or is it child labour? Should they have been getting ready to go to school? After retrieving the net and the fish catch for the entire length of the lake, they relaid the net on the way back - I saw their parents doing the same round in the evening.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Sorry.... you got me wrong. Those three little words are not 'I Love you' or 'Oh my God' but rather the words that my wife uses very often and which generally confuse the hell out of me. These three confusing words are - 'Whatever', 'Anything' and the best one, 'You decide' (Two words but generally spoken as one, to give you the impression that YOU ARE THE BOSS).

We, my wife and I, come from different planets... I have been told by some successful, practicing psychologists/ psychiatrists. Someone hit the nail on the head when he put this familiar conversation down in words.. I had heard similar statements from my best half.... but thought it was just her that does this - to me.... but when I received this forward, I realised that this PROBABLY is a universal phenomenon. Please read and let me know if this actually happens with you too.

Act 1

Men: What should we have for dinner?
Women: Whatever..
Men: Why don't we have Mexican?
Women: No not Mexican, the last time i got pimples on my face
Men: Alright, why don't we have Szechwan cuisine
Women: Yesterday we ate Szechwan, today too?
Men: Hmm..... I suggest we have seafood
Women: Seafood is not good, I got diarrhea
Men: Then what do you suggest?
Women : Whatever..

Act 2

Men: So what should we do now?
Women: Anything
Men: How about watching a movie? It's been a long time
Women: Watching movie is no good, it's a waste of time
Men: How about we go for bowling, or some exercises?
Women: Exercise on such a hot day?
Men: Then find a cafe and have a drink
Women: I am off caffeine
Men: Then what do you suggest?
Women: Anything

Act 3

Men: Then do we just go home?
Women: You decide
Men: Let's take the bus, I will accompany you
Women: The bus is dirty and crowded.
Men: OK; we will take a cab
Women: Not worth it... for such a short distance
Men: All right, then we can walk. We can enjoy the weather
Women: I am hungry, can't walk.
Men: Then what do you suggest?
Women: You decide
Men: Let's have dinner first?
Women: Whatever...
Men: What shall we eat?
Women: Anything..

With regards and best wishes to the beings from the friendly planet Venus.