In one short verse, the great Goan poet Bakibab Borkar (1910-1984) captured the essence of what it means to be Goan1:
Please Sir, God of Death
Don’t make it my turn today,
There’s fish curry for dinner.
 Great Goans by Mario Cabral e Sa and Lourdes Bravo Da Costa, N.N.A.P. Publications, 1991.
Fish is the Goan’s raison d’être, and to say that our seafood cuisine has no equal in the world is a statement of fact, not a boast. When two Goans meet, the conversation opener is always “What fish did you have today?”
Entire communities in the coastal fishing villages were once committed to the occupation. The advent of commercial fishing and its big trawlers in recent times has considerably weakened the older socio-economic practices. And with access to education and alternate career choices, the children of traditional fisherfolk have taken to casting their net on Facebook instead. There is still enough critical mass of fishing culture left in Goa to perhaps last another generation or two.
The photos in this sequence were taken in Siolim and Siridona, and convey a sense of the informal market setting in a Goan village.
I tried covering some of the Siolim fish market experience in my post below.
We met once at a Goa Sudharop function. George circulates all your posts. I must say you are doing a great social service with your photo blogs of annotations of Goan culture. I think the Raga compilation is fantastic and this photoblog of fish markets brought back warm memories.
A cultural and culinary feast. Wonderful post.
I had a totally different picture of Goa, the traditional tourist one. of beaches and churches. Seeing your pictures gives me a much better sense of Goa. You are doing an excellent job photo-documenting all these places thereby giving people like me a glimpse of the actual Goa. Thanks for sharing these photos.