Traversing over the magnificent Kallai Bridge, one is immediately greeted by the raw scent of freshly submerged timber, floating across the Kallai river, that sweeps us off into a bygone era where Calicut once flourished as a major centre of trade. One of the most prominent navigable waterways during the reign of the Zamorin, Kallai was one of the most important centres in the world for the timber business in the 19th and 20th century. With a desire to comprehend and appreciate the efforts that go behind the various processes of timber seasoning, we at BCA paid a visit to the Muringakandy saw mill to grasp the workings of the timber business up close and personal. We take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Ashique Muringakandy, who kept aside time from his busy schedule, to give us the complete experience of his mill by taking us through the workings and processes involved in its day to day functioning.
Photographed by Aswin Das & Alfin Joy
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