The Chintsa Lagoon has been closed for sometime now but with recent heavy rainfall it flushed itself out into the sea. At the moment it is tidal, with a trickle running at low-tide and a river flowing at high. This causes complications for folk using the beach as a short cut home after a long day’s work. A few years back when it was flowing with strength we helped mothers with babies on their backs, wade across, watched labourers strip down to their undies and take on the flow, cloths held high above their heads and saw couples of all ages piggy-back each other. In the flurry cell phones were dropped and keys consumed by the sea. Amid all of this children on boogie boards dodged the river pedestrians, taking advantage of the current, as it pushed them along. These brightly clad women heading home in the early evening had timed the tidal flow well. Although I suspect that they have had many other rivers to cross in their time.
Chintsa East Beach, early evening on a Saturday in July 2011