There are two faces of the Marina at pandemic time. The first that is barricaded from the Light House end, northwards. The second runs along the Marina Loop Road which is alive and abuzz pre-dawn to late night.
Not just because one section of the Loop Road has the fish hawkers stalls that draws hundreds of people, not just because hundreds of fishers and others reside in the colonies fronting the sea. But because a different kind of life goes on here and even pandemic-time regulations, save for police patrolled sections don’t exist or can be executed here.
On Saturday evening, there were hundreds of people buying fish at the stalls.
At an Amman Temple on the south side, music blared to greet visitors. On Sunday, women will bring in 108 milk pots to offer as abishekham to the deity. Expect a big crowd and celebrations too.
Further up, at a shrine for Mother Mary, cooks were readying a rice-based feast as the penultimate day of the feast got underway. Many, many residents were expected to be served dinner after 7 p.m.
Midway, all kinds of snacks stalls greeted beach-goers. In the shadow of the Light House, these snacks carts – chips, bajjis, snacks on offer – crowded both sides of the road where cars honked and sneaked in and out.
Beach-goers do wear masks, not all do it properly. But there’s no social distancing at busy fresh fish sales or snacks stalls.
The police just cannot handle this kind of a neighbourhood. They will perhaps barricade it on Sunday to disallow cars and bikes into the fish sales zone.
- File photo used here.