We visited a place called Diksal for photographing flamingos. Flamingos are migratory birds. They arrive in Ujani reservoir in large numbers during the three months of January to March. Diksal, a small fishing village, is situated on the rim of Ujani reservoir. The local fishermen ferry around the bird watchers like us in the waters of reservoir and show flamingos for a small fee. It becomes a side business for them during these three months.
We, two families with our kids, armed with our cameras arrived to Diksal one weekend morning. Many fishermen were waiting there with their boats for enthusiasts like us. The rate and duration of boat ride needs to be negotiated with the fishermen. We negotiated with one fisherman and then asked him to show his boat before closing the deal to ensure that it can ferry all of us together.
Many children of fishermen were playing around us. Our guy signaled to them to bring his boat to the place where we were standing. Two fairly young looking kids, one boy and one girl, raced towards fishermen’s huts some distance away, shouting “We have our first customer, get the boat … get the boat”. I thought they are calling their uncle or some elder person to row the boat towards us. To my surprise, the two kids themselves jumped into one boat and started rowing it towards us. The boat was fairly large for the wiry frames of those two kids. But I was simply amazed to see the rowing skills and power of those two young kids, the ease with which they were rowing and the speed they gave to their boat in no time.
I said to myself, “Well, they are borne to row…” and got busy shooting the moment.
Looking at me, our kids got the cue. They, too, pulled their digital cameras out and started taking photographs. Some of them owned even dslrs and they got busy changing lenses to match the requirement of the scene. Now it was the turn of fishermen and their kids to get amazed to see the ease with which our kids were handling fairly expensive cameras and lenses and the speed at which they were shooting.
Looking at them, I am sure, the fishermen must have said to their kids, “Well, they are borne to shoot…”
At that moment I was seeing two groups of children, of similar age but belonging to two communities. Each group was endowed with skills needed to survive and succeed in its own world. Their worlds were located just a few kilometers away from each other, but were part of the same society.
Will their worlds ever meet?
Yes, Surely. When they grow up. In the marketplace. When money earned by one’s skills will get exchanged for the goods created by another’s skills.
Is that a good enough overlap between the worlds of two communities to make a healthy society?