Picking up the threads

More than 100 people went to fish for the first time after the December 26 tsunami on Monday from Kadiapattanam, a coastal village in Kanyakumari district (Tamil Nadu) ravaged by the disaster.

The fisherfolk of Kanyakumari, the southern most district at the cape of India, are slowly rebuilding their lives 22 days after the tsunami washed away their houses, boats and 392 of their loved ones.

The day’s catch was just Rs. 350/- but the symbolic event marking a return to normalcy was a subdued affair, lacking the customary gusto of fishermen performing ‘karamadi’ (shore fishing).