Photographer's Note

This is from somewhere in the Indian state of Kerala. Just a few workers possibly returning to their village in late afternoon after a day in the fields. It's a "nothing special" photo which I like mainly because the small group is led by a gentleman in red. I took the photo from a boat where I had already spent most of the day.

After spending some time in Tamil Nadu in 1988 I proceeded to Kerala, where the highlight of my visit was a boat journey through the so called backwaters, a long series of lagoons, rivers and canals separated from the sea by narrow stretches of land.

The most famous part of the backwaters is between the small cities of Kollam and Alappuzha, in 1988 still known as Quilon and Alleppey.

These days most tourists to this area are likely to rent a house boat where they spend lazy days on the deck in the sun or travel short distances. It's a concept borrowed from the lakes of Kashmir, but I don't think such boats existed in Kerala in 1988. Instead I travelled with a non-romantic boat looking like a floating bus going on a regular schedule between the two cities.

15 years earlier I had travelled this way by train. What took 1–2 hours by train was a journey of more than 8 hours by boat. But the views were so much better from the boat, which stopped every now and then at small jetties to let people off and take new passengers.

I posted a few photos from that journey years ago, like this one:

or this:

This was as usual scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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