Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

Fort Kochi, Kochi or otherwise Cochin; a lot of the towns we visited had two names such as Alleppey and/or Alappuzha but I never did find out why. So, to differentiate, I choose to use Kochi for the fort area and Cochin for the district.

Kerala, like many places in the world, is a melting pot of genes and mores left behind by invading societies and no where is this more evident than in and around Fort Kochi where the Arabs left Islam, the Chinese left their nets, the Portuguese left Catholicism, the Dutch left a cemetery, the Jews left trade and the British left Willingdon Island and everyone took boat loads of wonderful spices away.

It feels cosmopolitan; not like London or New York might feel cosmopolitan with their stylish business people and modern architecture but in a gritty, pragmatic, impoverished way, Fort Kochi with its varieties of peoples engaged in varieties of activities feels bustling and cosmopolitan but without the first world sparkles.

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Not your usual backpacker.
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Street vendor
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Loving that camera
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Pretty with pink
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In the town centre
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Lifestyles juxtaposed
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More lifestyles juxtaposed
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Which is the way forward?
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Man-child, what are you thinking?
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A country that now has a ‘lower-middle income economy’ – for some.
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Bringing home the day’s catch.
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King fish were the catch of the day.
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Fish auction on the quayside
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Some ice might help – for a while
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Similar to our ‘boys ashore’ who get a cut of the catch.
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Litter of feral dogs harbouring under fishing boat.
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Day of strike following electoral murders – play on.
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Schools shut for strike – on to the serious business of cricket
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Football on the other side of town.
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Street shot.
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It sure does.
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Bazaar Road for spices and rices.
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Varieties of rice
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Grain merchant
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Building on Bazaar Road
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A visit to the Dhobi Khan
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Community laundry
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Not so used nowadays and under threat of extinction
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How do they get those whites so white?
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In one of the many antique and salvage shops in Jew Town
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The spice market – also with a variety of ingredients for ayurvedic medicines
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The Dutch cemetery – not that you can get in here
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Thought I’d left him behind in Cuba… The Socialist Party headquarters.
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Huummmmmmm?
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When it rains, it rains.
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Lovely to watch.

 

 

 

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