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Old Delhi by Rickshaw

2007.11.03
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These pictures show a lot about India that I wish would never change.
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Day 2 of my trip was a highly memorable bike ride down along this exact route. These pictures I took at the end of my trip from the back of a rickshaw. For more on the story of my bike ride see the text below.
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Animals in the most unlikely places - in particular cows.
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Crowds.
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Doing things the old way. I feel for the guys doing this work but it is amazing to see.
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Not the least sign of road rage. The question is, can that be credited to Hinduism? Or are people in all such places so patient.
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It will be a sad day when rickshaws are finally banned from Delhi. They are planning it and have already banned them from some areas.
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Only one of the myriad unconventional ways Indians ride or use their bikes. In this case, "don't ride it all' works. Sometimes I believe they even take the peddles off. One of my favourites, is the way little boys ride big bikes. They put their leg through under the cross bar and lean out the side. Must be uncomfortable.
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All varieties of turban.
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It's mind boggling how tough these people are, particularly given they are so lean.
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Footpaths are a still a rare thing in much of India. So pedestrians share the roadway with every other vehicle. Hence the speed of traffic is very slow here.
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Beasts of burden. At least they are usually well fed. And one only hopes that they don't have to work too many hours in the day because it looks like a horrendous job, more so in action than in a still shot. The bullocks get poked constantly with sticks. They twist their tail to make them move faster also. And of course you can see that the yoke is a crude item.
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I'm very fond of this fashion look.
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An "Only in India" moment.
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A drink fountain on the side of the road. My rickshaw wallah stopped for a break here.

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These shots represent a special memory for me. And for once I have put them in the order that I took them.

On my second day in Delhi, I had to get to the Old Delhi train station to catch a train. I had planned to take the metro but learnt at the last minute that bicycles are not permitted on board. I was on a cycling trip so this was significant. It meant I would have to ride my bike to the station, wherever that was. These pictures were taken on the route I took to get there. I had only one hour. I learned that the distance was about 4 or 5 kms. I would ask directions of the locals. There were a few tyre issues slowing me down in the beginning but I made it just in time to catch the train, but with none left to book my bike in at the parcel's office. Luckily the train was late. Four hours in fact. However, I didn't know that when I was in the midst of a throng like this and so it was quite an amazing experience for me.

At the end of my trip, when I returned to Delhi, I wanted to re-live the experience, although this time I decided to take the easy way, by rickshaw. That's when these pictures were taken. At one point early on in the trip, the rickshaw wallah turned off into a quiet road. I don't know where he meant to take me but when I urged him to take me back on that busy road, he did so without arguement. However, as the traffic got more and more dense, he began complaining. So naturally I said, "Please stop whinging, I will pay you more." After it was all over, I saw him again back at PG where we'd started and he was willing to take me anywhere for free then.
6 Comments
somogyvari I love them all,however my fav.#7!
somogyvari · 2008-03-24: 06:34
rolpa So Indian! Incredible scenes of transporting goods. Arrival is always a shock at first but then you start to get the rhythm and it grows on you. I look forward to looking though your photos over the coming days.
rolpa · 2008-03-29: 07:25
Cabecilha Here I am just like you asked in your profile information... and this is very exciting! Thanks :)
Cabecilha · 2008-04-01: 08:01
gderuiter I love the composition of #7 -- vanishing point and vibrant foreground. So much is happening in this photo, and the colors are so rich.
gderuiter · 2008-04-03: 02:50
Kosho liked your pictures very much it is like going back in time stepping on india again :)
Kosho · 2008-05-26: 13:06
CrystalB These are beautiful, and showed me a side of India you don't always see in photos. The colours are incredible. Every photo drew me in, and made me wonder what else was going on in the scene.
CrystalB · 2008-12-17: 19:57
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