Icons of Fort Kochi, the Chinese fishing nets located at the far end of Vasco de Gama Square attract curious visitors much like fish to bait. Maybe it's the setting, positioned on the edge of Kerala's famous backwaters, or maybe it's the fascination with an antiquated fishing technique that hasn't yet faded away.
I had convinced myself not to see the Kathakali dance program scheduled upon my arrival in Fort Kochi. The drive into this city was long, my time was very short, and I had a list chock full of sightseeing to work through. No matter what excuse I gave, my driver Selvam, was not going to let me miss this show. Fortunately his persistence convinced me to give it a try with the agreement I might be coming out early.