While still on the subject of the Rickshaw pullers, here is one guy getting ready for his morning run. (at least he has some footwear)
There is some sort of a number painted behind every rickshaw.
Is this the registration number? I have no idea, maybe someone from Kolkata can enlighten me on this.
As usual when there is a brawl on the streets all eyes are riveted there. It could be the stationary rickshaw
or the rickshaw puller along with the passenger, oblivious of the impending danger of vehicles crossing in front of them.
Looks like things are sorted out and people are moving on.
Some observed the fracas from the safety of their shop, like this tailor who I presume makes these small pouches.
I am still trying to figure out what those pouches are used for. It can’t be a mobile pouch as it is too big for that. Is it a money purse for the ladies to be tucked away in the saree?
Talking of tailors, I was observing the dexterity with which this guy threaded the needle. He must be definitely on the wrong side of fifty but he needs no spectacles to do the fine work.
As you can see, the other two machines on his sides are not in use for a long time or the wheel would be shining from the hand contact that takes place while starting and stopping the machine. It also speaks of the slack in the business, where once upon a time this shop must have been super busy trying to meet deadlines. Blame it on the thriving ready made garment business.
While walking along the narrow lanes saw some of the name boards. Wonder how old this one was.
A mother waited patiently as her son quenched his thirst with sugarcane juice
You will find these small cane crushers set up at intervals. The flywheel ensures reduced effort by human.
The newspaper stand is well displayed with papers on the makeshift table as well as strung out at a height so that people can see it from far
And for those who can’t afford to buy a copy of the newspaper, these free reading boards are available at strategic locations on the road.
In case you are wondering about the gadget in the picture below, it is the iron getting ready for pressing clothes
There are two irons which are kept hot on a coal grill. When one loses its heat, it is kept on the grill and the one on standby is used, thus maintaining the continuity of work. Trust me, its better than the electric iron, and cost effective too.
(to be continued in part 3)