Jaishinta Banda sits at her porch in Killabandar village, weaving fishing nets. The village borders the 16th century Vasai Fort north of Mumbai city. She is from a family of fish workers, and makes their nets herself. “It takes a month to make one,” she says.  While Jaishinta’s husband and two sons go out on a fishing vessel, and her two daughters go to Mumbai for their jobs, she sits knitting the nets after she has finished all her household tasks.

Samyukta Shastri

Samyukta Shastri is the content coordinator at the People’s Archive of Rural India. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune, and a master’s degree in English Literature from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai.

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