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Samira Abraham

Kottayam

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Glimpse of a neighbourhood in Kottayam town during Covid 19 Lockdown

Kottayam lying in the basin of the Meenachil river is an idyllic place usually safeguarded from most calamities. It was also the first town in India to have gained 100% literacy.Here is a glimpse of life during Covid 19 lockdown in a neighborhood of Kottayam town.

Photographs & story – Samira Abraham

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On retiring from military service, Mohan chetan runs this grocery store at the corner of the road going down to the river for the past 21 years. During the lockdown, he has been providing essentials to people who don't have enough money to pay. He says how can he not, he has known them for years and we are all facing a difficult time. He talks about how people, in general, have cut down on their consumption, for example, a family that bought 5 packets of milk from him now buys two.

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Riyaz, an auto driver resumed his work on 22nd April, as the restrictions were eased up, hoping for things to get back to normal. However, Kottayam was declared a red-zone on April 27th after being a green zone from the beginning of the lockdown due to 4 new cases. He is hoping to make money soon and buy his little girl biscuits.

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Jayan, a construction worker. Several workers like him have been out of work for over a month now. He is getting by with the provisions given by the state government.

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A handwritten sign on the middle of the road reads, "The one who killed Gandhi is from RSS front."

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Polraj is from Nagercoil, the southernmost Indian district of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state and works in a house in Kottayam. He was waiting eagerly to be with his family for Easter and he could not go home this year as the transport services across the country are on halt in the lockdown.

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An elderly man pulls his vegetable cart uphill at the end of the day on his way home.

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The Meenachil river being a favourite local hangout has seen a lot of plastic and garbage abuse. The lockdown may give the river a breather. Fishing is a favourite hobby and source of food for the locals, taking turns to fish keeping social distancing in mind.

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Empty chairs of two old men who love to sit in this space by the roadside and chat. They hope to get back to their evening catch ups soon.

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Due to water scarcity at home, the locals come to the Meenachil river to wash their weekly load of clothes.

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Having to work from home in the first time of his 43 year old career, he is trying out different spaces in his house to be productive in. This chair belonged to his great grandfather and has been passed down through the generations.

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Having grown up on fish curry and rice, a man trying to get a catch for dinner and sell the extra for some money during these hard times.

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An empty vallam is tied up by the Meenachil river. Water transport plays an important role in the area with both traveling and carrying goods.

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Otherwise frequented by pedestrians the scenic road by the heritage houses in Thazhathangady, Kottayam remains empty now.

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The Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, which is over 1000 years old is having the Maghrib prayers following the lockdown requirements. This mosque is known for it's Kerala style of architecture and the woodwork.

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While those on two-wheelers are waiting for the heavy downpour to subside, armed with a mask and his umbrella, this gentleman continues on his way.

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His day is incomplete without his evening fishing. He's come to fish with his mask and made sure to find an isolated spot.

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With rain clouds looming ahead they are rowing their vallam hoping to get home before the Mango showers set in.

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Calling out " Meen vellom kittiyo?" ( did you get any fish) , the two men are rowing to their next destination. With it's small town charm, life in this part of Kottayam town continues.

In a world that is battling the Covid 19 pandemic, a sight like this is a reminder to nurture and to stay in touch with the environment you live in.

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Written - Samira Abraham

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