Village Woman With Water Pot

In rural Rajasthan time seems to have stood still. Women collect water from the wells in clay pots which they carry on their heads balanced on beaded rings for comfort. The well is a congregating place where gossip is exchanged like the water-cooler in modern offices.

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Village Woman With Nose Ring

Village women often wear impressively large nose rings. To have a respected place in society, women in these areas still need to belong to a man, or to live with their families and be of marriageable age. Widows may still be respectable but are not invited to all social and religious events as they are thought to bring bad luck. Unfortunate widows whose families refuse to support them have to leave their villages and become beggars at temples.

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Old Village Woman
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Village Child

Children in villages are often very friendly. They tend to wear more Western clothes at this age.

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Rural Rajasthan - Blue Horned Cow

Cows are sacred in India but often belong to farmers who paint the horns with identifying colours; blue, red and yellow. Despite their holy status and the prohibition against eating their meat, cows provide valuable nourishment in the form of milk, butter and cheese.

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Rural Rajasthan - Harvest Time

This over-stuffed truck is typical of harvest time traffic on the small and poor quality country roads. What appears to be a driver fixing a breakdown, is him taking an afternoon nap in the shade of his vehicle..

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Rural Rajasthan - Harvest Time

Women work long days in the fields dressed in colourful saris, there are arms sparkling with bracelets and their ankles jingling with anklets.

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Rural Rajasthan - Baby in Hammock

Babies are hung from the trees in ad hoc hammocks made from old saris so they can sleep securely while their mothers labour.

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Rural Rajasthan - Harvest Time
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Rural Rajasthan - The Truck in Front

Farm hands and job seekers can be seen clinging on to the outside of ┬ácars, buses and auto rickshaws or crowded into the back off pick-up trucks. Country roads are often often pitted with potholes and are very poorly maintained. Numerous village people travel into the towns to seek work as day labourers. If they don’t find work by 9.30, they have to return to their villages empty handed.

 

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Rural Rajasthan - Temple Entrance
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Rural Rajasthan - Roadside Shrine
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Rural Rajasthan - Riverside Ganesh
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Rural Rajasthan - Zawar Mata Temple
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Rural Rajasthan - Zawar Mata Temple
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Rural Rajasthan - Water Buffalo
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Rural Rajasthan - Homemade Truck

These young men build trucks out of spare parts taken from old vehicles. They run surprisingly well.

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