Bengaluru. After the incessant rain over the last three nights, Bengaluru residents have discovered a new untapped profession: fishing. Earlier this morning, several IT professionals were seen standing near Silk Board, fishing rods in hand, their laptop bags hung on neighbouring electric poles.
One of the converts spoke to us on condition of anonymity. “I am a software engineer at Flipkart. During my sutta break last evening, I got to know there would be layoffs soon, in keeping with the sacrosanct traditions of the IT industry. I slept restlessly last night, wondering what to do next in my career.
“But today, as the raindrops dripped down the visor of my helmet during my commute to work, I realized I did not have to look too far. A few of my colleagues were standing by the road hooking worms onto their swanky new fishing rods. Some of the others had formed bigger groups, and had pooled in their savings to buy fishing nets. Those without a decent salary hike for several years took off their shirts and used them to snare some fish. I immediately got a primitive looking fishing line from a store that had come up overnight. Since then, I have had a good catch – half a dozen fish in the last hour. That’s less than the number of bugs detected per hour in my code, but that’s a different matter.”
The phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by the city’s entrepreneurs. Within a day, several startups selling fishing gear have appeared on the scene. Fishing enthusiasts can download the mobile apps and buy the equipment of their choice – from angling rods and spools to baits and nets – at the touch of a button. Some of the startups even host video tutorials on developing one’s angling skills. Several also intend to use data analytics to advise users about the best time and location to maximize their catch.
BBMP pitches in:
The BBMP has also decided to encash the development and will soon rejuvenate its lakes. “Since the last couple of years, several citizen groups have been calling for the restoration of lakes, but those demands came from an ornamentally ecological perspective,” said our source from the BBMP. “Hence we did not see a need to act on it. But now, it is clear that lakes will drive our economy. The logic is simple: more lakes would mean more fish, which would in turn boost the nascent fishing industry. If we create the right environment, fishing will soon become the flagship industry of Bengaluru. Over the next 10-15 years, we can even make the city a frontrunner in the outsourcing of fisheries.”