If any place is central in the everyday life of fishermen in
Chamakkala, it is on the beach, under the westernmost palm trees.
Sheltered from the burning sun, both the sea and the paved road that
links the beach with the inland can be seen from here. This is the
place where the men convene to discuss conditions in the sea, whether
or not to embark on a fishing trip, to debate joint business or mend
their nets and to play cards or have a nap (Figure 2.1). This is also
where affairs concerning the beach (katavu) are negotiated.