Sunday, March 30, 2008

Do not ask stupid questions, I say!

splash!

I like to drive on long winding roads: and long winding roads sometimes lead you to lands where logic seems wound a little too tight to comprehend.
Like this weekend when we drove to this place really far away: On our way back, we stopped at the easiest place in the world to catch fish. It was a creek underneath a little bridge on a little country road. Not too far from the road, the stream turned, and the water slid off the rounded edge of a rock into a deeper area. And there, there were these fish which would leap out of the water against the current, trying to reach back to that place over the rock. Not one fish: a very many of them. A blind man could easily knock one over to the side, make a fire and poach it right there.
Yet no one did, or so it seemed to be.
So we stopped an old man on the road and asked him why.
"Because there is someone watching, and you'll get smacked on the head if you do" came the reply.
The land downstream belonged to this Zamindar and he had exclusive fishing rights on this stream. The stream does not belong to anybody, but the fish is the Zamindar's. Funny!

12 comments:

ursjina said...

whats the price of the sky?
The warmth of trees and the water we drink?....who owns it all?...the eternal myth and paradox...a never ending one

heh? ok said...

i think that 'someone' could be a canny villager who realized that a big word like 'zamindar' will keep city slickers from poaching on the poor fish just when they're a little more vulnerable than usual.

ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

jina: *sigh!
I'm no conservationist, but hoping for the jungles, the water and the creatures to stay seems too much to be asking for as each day passes.
They are everyone's to take care of, and yet no ones to destroy!

heh? : I can bet you're vegetarian. I do not eat fish, but I was tempted, really. :0)

Moi said...

so that's what kept you away from the blogging world...you'd "gone fishin' " ?? :)

Fresh Lime Soda said...

Hey Balu... to go by ur nature u shud have got some fishes in ur kitty.... or u ended up recieving a smack on head....

Adorable Pancreas said...

It looks like it's jumping out of the water. Is it?

Serendipity said...

Happy Vishu!!

ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

moi: yes, i suppose.. gone fishing! :)

fresh lime soda: Neither, really. You don't get to do too many things outside the car when you have five pups in the back seat. :)

adorable pancreas: ejjaktly!

serendipity: why thank you! but how did you know? :/
and you were supposed to be vacationing in some exotic place right now, were'nt you?
and I thought internet spoils the mood!

Serendipity said...

TW - i stalk you. thats why.

hehehe I have a coupla Mallu friends, and i remeber you putting up a post about Mallu something.

jacques said...

have you try camel milk?
by the way I love your pictures.

jacques said...

I love your pictures, I think they are great

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