The lobster or crayfish as they are more correctly known were also hard to come buy. Infact PESCA which normally supplies good fish, have been out of lobster for quite a while. Once again Lata told me that lobster were even more difficult to source so I wonder how hotels and restaurants serve them so effortlessly.
While she was cleaning the lobster, I chatted her up a bit and she told me that her knees were aching from all the work she’s done the past 64 years. She claims she started working in the fish trade since she was 13. That was a long time working I thought, especially one which involves a lot of hard work. Fisherwomen like all tradesmen get up early in the morning to get the first and best catch, spend the better part of the morning in the market and go home to spend another 3-4 hours in the kitchen. They also have time to raise families and Lata told me very proudly that her sons were into service. No smelly fish trade for them.
When I complained about the rising fish prices, she told me that I should stop grumbling and just enjoy eating while I could : “As long as you have the means and the capacity to eat, enjoy” . Besides, she said lobsters were better than the best medicine and are therapeutic even for patients of TB and cancer! I wonder at the truth of this statement but was ready to embrace her suggestion of eating while I could and felt less guilty about buying the lobster. One good tip she gave me was the upcoming festival in her village of Versova. From the 24th-26th January, the village of Versova would be transformed into one big Fish Party and all that I needed was a deep wallet and a large stomach to enjoy the fruits of the sea.
So all you fish aficionados what are you waiting for? Head out to Versova for a genuine fish festival.