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Composition helps the student to express his views on what is happening in the world around him, besides expressing personal thoughts, feelings and experiences.

A Day in the Life of a Fisherman

A Day in the Life of a Fisherman

Ali is a fisherman who lives in Bachok, a fishing village on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Kelantan. His day begins at dawn when it is still chilly and dark. While he gets ready, his wife, Laila, prepares coffee and cooks a simple rice meal of fish and vegetable for breakfast.

After eating a hurried meal, he heads for the beach, where his boat is tied and moored. His friend, Ishak, also arrives to help him, and soon they get to work, checking their fishing-nets, bait and sails before setting out to sea.

As the first rays of the sun peep over the hills, they set off in their boat and sail out to sea. The chilly, invigorating breeze brushes against them and they shiver a little. As the sails fill with air, the boat moves swiftly over the water.

Soon, they are in the middle of the glimmering sea, and they begin to let down their nets. The sky looks beautiful at sunrise with orange, gold, pink and blue tints. They feel glad the day will be sunny and bright and hope to get a good catch.

Now and then, they pull their nets into the boat. Sometimes the nets are loaded with fish, prawns and crabs, but, at other times, they are empty. By noon, they start rowing back to shore. Working in the hot sun is a tough job.

As they reach the shore, their families await them to help sort out the fish and prawns which are of different types or sizes. Then, when their baskets are filled with their catch, they are ready to meet the men who come in lorries to buy up the fish and prawns and send them to the markets in the big towns to be sold.

In the afternoon, Ali sits under a shady tree and repairs his nets. He also spends some time attending to his vegetable plot behind his hut. Evening comes and this is the happiest time of the day for him as he can now relax with his family.

     
set out   to start an activity with a particular aim
     
glimmer   to shine with a weak light or a light that is not continuous
     
sort out   to separate one type of things from a group of things
     
 
 
 

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