Looking outside into the future which seems distant beyond the eyes or the mind can register. 41 years being a doctor, he has never seen such a catastrophe unfolding, such loss of life, such tragedy but he believes that we can survive this too. Dad talks daily about Covid appropriate behaviour, even when we had a lull after the lockdowns had been lifted,after the first wave. He ensures that his grandkid learns properly to dispose off a mask before entering the house. He looks out from the verandah and minutely looks into each aspects that might protect us and ensures it’s adherence.
Only if one is aware and follow the Covid appropriate behaviour, in letter and spirit then only we can survive. Just understand this you are not only responsible for you but rest of the humanity as well.
Before the covid-19 pandemic hit the world, this part of kerala was a thriving tourism business industry. Kumarakom known for its water bodies, belonged to the district, Kottayam and all the big resort players in the industry had a spot here. People invested heavily in houseboats ranging from 1 BHK to 4 or even more luxurious ones and now they all lie stranded like orphans in the inland waterways. Even though the state government have taken measures to keep them afloat, like renewing licences without any fees, these boatmen/ owners still have to pay up the interest of the loans they took for building these luxurious house boats. Now with covid-19 positive cases on the rise, the rest of the quarters for this year seems dull for the tourism industry in Kumarakom.
It took him some time to get out of the boat and bring the two fishes he caught to the shore. Things are not good as it used to be, the daily earnings are not sufficient to run a house of six, and this old age. The agony of the mundane life is forgotten only at sea and these days that’s also adding on rather than negating….
Deep into the sea is a long form documentary project aiming to document the stories of small scale fisherman.