Postcards from our April 2017 issue
INLE LAKE, MYANMAR, Boat of us: I saw the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake in Myanmar demonstrating their unusual technique for catching fish in shallow waters – balancing on one leg and guiding their conical nets with the other. Their unique style evolved because the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants, making it difficult to see while sitting. Standing allows the rower to have a view beyond the reeds. However, the leg-rowing style is only practised by the men. Women use the oar with their hands, sitting cross-legged at the stern.
Photographer: Reader Sirsendu Gayen
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KAVANT, GUJARAT Connect the dots: I took this picture during the Gher or Rathva Festival at Kavant, a small village located in the heart of the Rathva homeland, near the town of Chhota Udepur, about 100km from Vadodara. It is one of the most exciting tribal festivals in the state. Each year after Holi, groups of young girls from Kavant dress up in bandhani outfits and put on jewellery made from old silver coins in an attempt to be noticed by prospective partners. The men don traditional dhotis, with bells on their waist, and tall, bandhani paghdis made of peacock feathers. They paint their bodies and faces with white designs, as pictured here.
Photographer: Reader Tejal Mewar
KORVALA, FINLAND Blue-n away: When I was on an exchange programme in Scandinavia, I travelled up north to Lapland for New Year’s. I visited a place called Korvala in Finland, and this was the view right outside my little cabin. The blue-green skies hovering over the frozen lake made me overlook the harsh weather conditions with a temperature of -22ºC. The skies looked magical indeed.
Photographer: Reader Aditi Kabra