Thursday, January 01, 2009

January 2009 Monthly Theme: Best photo of the year 2008


After critically judging the year 2008's photos on MDS, I chose this photo of fishwives as the best photo of the year. The post was ABC WEDNESDAY -  'M' for Machhi-walis. It is one of my best photos of the year. 

The other obvious one was the monochrome photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus).

Mumbai's Machhi-walis - Fisher Women
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The Mumbai Machhi-walis belong to the Koli (fisherfolk) community. The fishermen go out to sea and bring fresh catch. Now it is the job of the fisherwomen (also called fishwives) to sell the fish in local fish markets. There are those too, who buy fish from the wharf in early morning hours to sell in the market.

The machhi-walis (Kolins) are hard-working, aggressive by nature and fiercely economically independent women. A Kolin's day begins at the break of dawn. After cooking food for the entire family, she buys fish from the wharf and sells it at the local fish market, or even from home to home (to regular customers) till the fish is all sold out.

Standing out distinctly in a crowd, with sarees, noisy language (including abusive phrases) and traditional, chunky jewellery, the Machhi-wali invests most of her savings in gold.

Living a simple life, their food is usually curry, rice and fried fish.

To see the best photo of the year 2008 of other citydailyphoto blogs, go to the link below
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  1. Such beautiful colors. Very nice photo. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a good choice....colourful and orderly. Those saris are great garments.

  3. Thats a beautiful Composition.... Looks like you got it all Set Up.... :D

    Seasons Greetings !!


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