Through his eyes – 9

= * = * Morning * = * =

Every day in the morning immediately after getting up he used to stand at the corner of a large meadow, bordering a huge rice field across his house. The farmer used to grow two crops in a season. At the onset of monsoon he also used to catch fish using some indigenous technique by floating Colocasia plant stems of about six inches long at a distance of about two feet from each other. Each stem was tied to a cotton thread of about one foot long; the other end of the thread was knotted in the middle of a fish hook made from thinly cut outer layer of bamboo cane, about one to one-and-a-half millimeter in thickness and about four to four-and-a-half centimeters long. The fish hooks were made using some special technique, known only to him and his immediate family members. Earth warm was used as bait; two open ends of the fish hook were brought together and an earth worm was pushed over it which held the two open ends together. The stem of the plant floated into water and the fishhook remained under water due to the weight of the earth worm. The moment a fish would eat the earth worm the hook would expand instantly as the material which was holding its two open ends together would not exist anymore and the fish’s mouth would remain wide open being caught in the hook and it would die instantly. The farmer and his sons used to start spreading their fish catching devices very early in the morning, an hour before the day light was seen. After about two hours, when they had finished covering the entire field, they started lifting those stems from water starting from the same corner where they had started spreading. In almost every hook there would be a fish, which he sold in the local market. Sometime small snakes were also found entangled in few of them, but they would be dead.
[To be continued]


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