Fishing skills

Queen impressed by Kochi fisherman’s net weaving skills – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

KOCHI: October 17, 1997 was a day of wonder and happiness for members of the fishing community who lived at the mini-settlement of St John Pattom on Beach Road in Fort Kochi, which was established as part of the fight against urban poverty supported by the British. mitigation project. It was the day Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visited the settlement when she came down to Kochi as part of her third visit to the country.

When the Queen’s entourage entered, KJ Varghese was busy weaving and mending his fishing nets.
“The queen got curious and came up to me,” Varghese, 77, said. “She started asking me a lot of things. However, I couldn’t follow a word of English. When I told those who were nearby, KJ Sohan, who was the mayor of Kochi at the time, stepped in and explained what the queen was saying,” he said.

The Queen wanted to know what I was doing, he said. “I said it was a packaged fillet. She wanted to know more about the wire I was using for the net. At that, I kind of managed to say tankies. Then she asked me how long I had been going to the sea. To this I answered that from childhood. I even told him that I had caught several types of fish. Small and even very large. That too on its own,” he added.

According to Varghese, the queen then asked him many other things. “But I didn’t know what to say to any of them. All I knew was to say yes. After hearing me she was very impressed and said ‘fine’ before continuing,” said Varghese who was very happy to reminisce about the good memories. “I kept all the paper clippings relating to the visit,” he added.

According to Pravish Kuriakose, he was around 10 years old when the Queen visited the place. “It was a great occasion. Two days before the visit, the police came knocking on our houses to get information about the inhabitants. The plaque which was unveiled by the Queen during her visit to the colony is just outside next to my house,” he added.

KOCHI: October 17, 1997 was a day of wonder and happiness for members of the fishing community who lived at the mini-settlement of St John Pattom on Beach Road in Fort Kochi, which was established as part of the fight against urban poverty supported by the British. mitigation project. It was the day Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visited the settlement when she came down to Kochi as part of her third visit to the country. When the Queen’s entourage entered, KJ Varghese was busy weaving and mending his fishing nets. “The queen got curious and came up to me,” Varghese, 77, said. “She started asking me a lot of things. However, I couldn’t follow a word of English. When I told those who were nearby, KJ Sohan, who was the mayor of Kochi at the time, stepped in and explained what the queen was saying,” he said. The Queen wanted to know what I was doing, he said. “I said it was a packaged fillet. She wanted to know more about the wire I was using for the net. At that, I kind of managed to say tankies. Then she asked me how long I had been going to the sea. To this I answered that from childhood. I even told him that I had caught several types of fish. Small and even very large. That too on its own,” he added. According to Varghese, the queen then asked him many other things. “But I didn’t know what to say to any of them. All I knew was to say yes. After hearing me she was very impressed and said ‘fine’ before continuing,” said Varghese who was very happy to reminisce about the good memories. “I kept all the paper clippings relating to the visit,” he added. According to Pravish Kuriakose, he was around 10 years old when the Queen visited the place. “It was a great occasion. Two days before the visit, the police came knocking on our houses to get information about the inhabitants. The plaque which was unveiled by the Queen during her visit to the colony is just outside next to my house,” he added.