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Last November, I made a quick trip to India, and what a trip it was. I went to attend the wedding of a dear friend as well as handle some pending business, and ended up meeting a whole bunch of friends — some for the first time, like Anjali Koli. I have known Anjali online for over seven years. She and I were both Red Checks at St. Anne's High School in Fort, Bombay, albeit years apart. Anjali has always held me spellbound with her stories of the Koli culture. The Koli community are the fisher-folks that brave the rough seas in and around Mumbai to bring prized catch to ever-demanding customers.
I have memories of going to the fish market with my mother, afraid and in-awe at the same time. Anjali took me to one of the markets from my childhood and the fisherwomen did not scare me anymore. Instead, I chatted with them and laughed at their stories, while they smiled for my camera.
If you are so lucky as to be in Bombay, you might want to check out the Koli Culture Experience with the best guide there could ever be, Anjali.
Where: Colaba Fish Market, Bombay
What: Fish and beautiful fisherwomen, and Anjali.
I went home with more fish than three people could eat for several meals, such is the generosity of the Kolis. I also went home bearing gifts from Anjali, homemade mango-elaichi sandesh and a huge can of alphonso mango pulp. Anjali knows exactly how much I love mangoes! My day was filled with love from people I had just met. It is an experience I hold close to my heart, one I will never forget.