India – Streetlife
Visiting India, there was so much to see, smell, sense and naturally there was a photo to be taken at every possible corner. The most fascinating thing to photograph was everyday life, which istotally different to where i am from. Life here, is mostly being lived out on the streets. As temperatures are hot and air conditioners are expensive, staying inside is definately not the more attractive option. Life in the streets means working, socializing and getting the low-down on the latest talk of the town. Shops and food stores are cramped into the tiniest available spaces and in between people just set up what they call their shop on wheels.
Driving through the city, I noticed that the majority of people out and about were men. Women rather sit on the first floor of their houses at an open balcony or behind open windows. They view street life from up above. They can see, but aren’t seen. This old tradition is still rather common.
Fabulous street style made in India. Pink from head to toe. And he figured the thing with the cloth bags long ago.
In need of an exhaust? A chair? A lamp? A goat? There are few things that can not be found in the streets.
Rickshaw drivers. They are able to rent a Rickshaw for 40 rupees a day. One ride (depending on distance) is usually between 50 – 100 rupees. If they want to buy their own Rickshaw, they would have to pay about 10,000 rupees (160-170 €). It means the world to them having their own, because it saves them money every day.
There is a lot of cooking happening. Almost every other store sells some kind of freshly made food. All those people in India all like to eat supper around the same time – that sure calls for a high demand for food. The man in the above photos is baking Indian bread (chapati). Others prepared curries of all kinds. Food is usually served not on plates, but in bowls made from a special kind of leave. Theses are natural ressources, so it’s cheaper to produce and environmentally friendly.
Getting some rest, or sleeping at any time o the day seems to be normal. I’ve seen people sleep on the streets with cars passing them at a2 inch distance. They sleep while sitting, lying on very uncomfortable objects, or even standing. I think it’s a matter of practice but I even find it hard to sleep while sitting in a comfortable chair.
Most of these photos were taken from the bus as we didn’t have a lot of time for stops. Besides, walking around wasn’t always easy with a family full of blond people. We seemed to be an attraction a lot of the time and taking photos while being surrounded by loads of people looking at you, is a little difficult. But even from the bus windows you get a great impression of life in India’s streets.