A rice retailer views the Kolam competition and a balloon seller outside his shop. His ‘Mani Mandi’ seems to be modern and money savvy. He accepts all credit cards and also uses other payment gateways.
At first, I thought he was an idle observer waiting for the event to end, but a small board in Tamizh announcing ‘Kolam Powder sold here’ made him an active supply chain member in the Kolam event and beyond.
When we think of the seafood supply chain we only think of the fishermen and local fish vendors. there is a whole lot of other important links in the chain like the wholesalers and the transporters, the storage units etc.
Recently I discovered another important link. These are persons who sit outside the fish stalls with a kitchen cleaver (aruva manai) or chopping board. The customers bring their fish for cutting cleaning and descaling, for a few rupeees thus relieving the consumers of a nasty chore at home. Very useful last mile service for fish consumers and some livelihood for a few.
It has been raining heavily this morning. I could have only a glimpse from my window. Our street had about 5 inches of water. Yet some diligent service providers like maids, sanitary workers, newspaper and milk vendors, and health care workers were making their way to work.
Some philanthropists feed the pigeons daily at the Marina and Elliot’s beaches. The quantity of grain fed every day runs into hundreds of kilograms.
It is always a pleasure to watch the flock of birds take off together and land again for no particular reason after a quiet meal. This also gives a great photo opportunity. Even if you have hundreds of such pictures, every frame is different. One such frame from a recent visit to Elliot’s beach. The famous Schmidt Memorial is hidden behind the flock.