Fishy Business.

In the late nineties of the last century, I spent a lot of time among the fisherfolk of India and some other countries. I visited many fishing villages and one significant facet of any Indian fishing village is the drying of fish and prawns during sunny days. The villages would welcome one with the smell of dried fish and it took some time for me to get used to that. Different but strong smells on fishing boats as well had to be learned to endure.

In many of my visits to fisherfolk in Maharashtra and Gujarat I used to be accompanied by a veteran in the business who had spent over three decades in the business. He was blessed with total lack of the sense of smell and I used to think that it was a blessing and wondered if he really did not have the sense or he was just bluffing. Now I realise, after all these years, that there could be a condition called Anosmia!

There must surely be other businesses where Anosmia will be a blessing to be born with! Can you think of some?

While you are thinking of an answer, here is something more on the subject that will be of interest.

Fishes Of The Sea.

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Indian coastline stretches about 5700 kms on the mainland and about 7500 kms including the two island territories. So, sea food is quite a normal part of the daily diet of the coastal population.

The popular fishes that are caught for the table are: Clams, Crab, Indian Salmon, King Fish, Lady Fish, Mackerel, Pearl Spot, Seer Fish, Pomfret, Prawn,Sardines, shark etc.

Apart from the fish that is caught, sold and cooked fresh everyday, during the summer months, some fish and small prawns are caught and dried in the sun to be used during the monsoons and as flavouring agents in some curry dishes.

Before I became a vegetarian, I was a great sea food eater and my favourite fishes were:



Towards the end of my working life, I was also involved with the fishing industry in India and had many an opportunity to interact with the fisherfolk all along India’s coast and in a few overseas locations too.

I also had opportunities to go to sea on fishing vessels and have seen fish being caught. One type of fish that I had been told from childhood that existed in the seas, which I had hoped to find,however eluded me.