We recently had some guests staying and instead of taking them to see some 'normal' tourist sights, we thought that they would just love to see our local Koli fishing village on Carter Road. It was on this outing that we found a proper covered fish market - which I have to admit, I never previously knew about.
|Unbelievable to see egrets hanging around inside the fishmarket, waiting for scraps|
On the nearby seafront - up from Carter Road is the Koli fishing area (I am now officially the best friend of the Koli Fisher Folk having been here and here!) - where not only can you find Koli inhabitants but also a large tract of land for drying out fish. Sometimes, when the breeze is just right, a heady mixture of fishy fragrance and fresh sewerage wafts over as far as our apartment building. I call it 'Eau-de-Mumbai'. Lovely.
A short distance away from the drying grounds and towards Chuim Village is the actual (and newly discovered) covered seafood market. Here, you will find the Koli Fishwives sat cross-legged on waist level platforms selling their produce to the locals out of brightly coloured plastic baskets.
Of course, these types of places are always a vibrant representation of Mumbai life and a great place to take photos. Our guests seemed to enjoy the experience - and unlike the fishwives of Sassoon Docks, these ladies did not mind (too much) having their photographs taken. They even obliged us with a few smiles:
|Impromptu clothes-line (Koli dwellings in the background)|
|Drying out fish (not sure which type?) on horizontal rods.|
|Sorting through shrimps and other small fry.|
|This is how the small fish are dried - spread out over a dusty floor! Peculiarly, I did not see |
birds or cats trying to steal the produce.
|Off to meet their makers (sorry, not a photo that will appeal to animal rights activists)|
|Hello pretty lady!|
|Surely the temptation is too much for this pussy cat!|
|I love the colourful saris of the Koli Fishwives|
|Fish is skinned, boned and gutted for the buyer if so desired...|
|Hello, what a lovely smile!|
|In awe of seeing egrets indoors like this|
|Slippery When Wet|
|Opposite the fishmarket we found a man who looks after injured kites - |
these guys were lined up on a wall outside his shop.
|This poor Brahminy Kite has seen better days...but at least he is receiving some food and love|
from this kindly gentleman (whose pic I sadly did not get)
I tried to find out some official information about the market on the internet but found very little indeed. However, I did discover that 'Khar' comes from the Marathi word 'khara' which means 'salty'. When Bombay was nothing but a series of islands, the Khar area was in fact a marshland on salty sea water. Interesting huh!