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photoblog image A few hours in Kolkata Part A #04

A few hours in Kolkata Part A #04

Human-powered commerce happening everywhere we look...

 

Top...kids off to school.

 

Bottom...Last kilometre goods delivery vehicle.

 

Kolkata

A few hours in Kolkata Part A #04

Human-powered commerce happening everywhere we look...

 

Top...kids off to school.

 

Bottom...Last kilometre goods delivery vehicle.

 

Kolkata

comments (13)

Arms to enfold, arms to pull...
Ray: Such important parts of us...
Hoooray for the Hooomans! Great captures, both!
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth. Highlights to me how physically inept we First World Citizens have become in the last 150 years.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 May 2018, 05:06
Pour la première photo, on peut dire que ce sont les transports en commun.
Ray: Certainement ... une sorte de taxi, Martine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 May 2018, 06:14
That looks back-breaking work, Ray
Ray: They probably don't need to spend a lot of time in gym after their day of work, Lisl.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 May 2018, 06:36
That two wheeled cart, the top image, looks precarious and a lot of hard work for the bloke between the shafts
Ray: The fare would be miniscule, Chris, but I suppose he makes enough in a day to keep himself going.
Pas vraiment facile la vie à  Kolkata
Très courageuses ces personnes pour survivre ..
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Pour les très pauvres, la vie est un défi dans la plupart des endroits, Claudine.

For the very poor, Life is a challenge in most places, Claudine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 May 2018, 07:31
I would feel on.iged to help push, like we used to all the time with cars that would not start.
Ray: These blokes know what they are doing, Chad, so better to let them get on with it.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2018, 07:33
Must be a well-to-do family. I expect Pops has told them to work hard at school or else they will end up pulling rickshaws. Is the bike in the other image being bump-started?
Ray: I expect this rickshaw operator has a running contract to deliver the kids to and from school, and that might be his best fare each day.

In the bottom image, the guys are pushing because their load is simple too much to be moved by pedal power...the bike is being used as a cart.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 10 May 2018, 13:28
clear the vehicle in the top shot still survives (i was under the impression it was banned), Ray. the one in the second shot is quite versatile in its applications.
Ray: My impression is that the rickshaws had found a place in the backstreets and residential areas of the city, Ayush.

As to the trike...an extremely popular short haul vehicle...cheap, reliable and versatile.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2018, 14:51
A bit strange world in our European eyes: the kids are transported to school by the young man - did he ever visit a school? I admire those hard- working men.
Ray: Asia is like another World, Philine, and India is like another World within Asia.

Human Powered vehicles will be seen quite a lot in this series.
There's no doubting that these people earn their money by sheer hard work.
Ray: There is not much of a Social Security net in India [or most other parts of Asia], Brian, so the poor must find work or they will not survive.
When companies talk of people being their greatest resource then In India it really is
Ray: I think your assertion is abundantly clear in India, Bill.
The ad hoc vehicle seems to be standard smile
Ray: I had to pause to consider your use of the expression "ad hoc", Tom.

My sense is that the vehicle in the bottom picture is more "general utility" than "ad hoc".

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