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Monday, April 28, 2014

Istriwala or Istrivala

Whether you want to call him your next door istrivala (istriwala) or a manual laundromat, these are a typical sight in every corner of India. These guys have a home delivery service, picking up and dropping off your clothes but their expertise is questionable and there are no guarantees that your clothes will return in the shape you gave them. Ironing clothes for ₹ 3/- to ₹ 5/- each. Some have irons operating on coal like the one in the pictures and others could do the work in tiny hovels with electricity. There is also the issue of hygiene. At times the clothes can return with bed bugs or other insects and also stains which never come off.

However more often than not your clothes return just fine, specially if you have a reliable istrivala. So choose well!

Ironing of clothes by a istriwala

Ironing clothes

You might also like: Knife Sharpener from India or Indian Cobblers or Artisans in India or Glass making - photos of a glass maker at work or Indian Artisans making small statues or Masons at Work

There are also a lot of photographs of other occupations ranging from weaving, tailoring to painting and you can check out the label Occupations  or Skilled Labour

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Women's earrings

She is a poor tribal woman but she wears her jewellery proudly. A vendor in Mahabaleshwar. Gold is the preferred metal in India. And everyone owns gold, the poor as well as the rich.

Woman with gold earrings

Another lady with her gold earrings and black and white gold mangalsutra.

Woman with jewelery

The same woman vendor selling snacks and drinks on a hot day in Mahabaleshwar.

Woman vendor selling drinks and snacks

You might also like Portraits of a Gujarati tribal woman or Tribal woman in a city or Fruit Vendors vs supermarkets or Woman selling hair outside temple in India or Flower sellers in shops, markets and on the road-side in India or
Or Village women from India - sketches and silhouettes or Rural women carrying water and firewood or Tribal women in India or Covered Hindu women or Silhouette profile of an Indian beauty
More pictures: Tourists buying jewellery in Istanbul, Turkey or Costume jewellery beads and necklaces sold in Mumbai.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Donkeys carrying bricks

Workers carrying large bricks to a construction site. They are using donkeys to carry the loads.

workers loading bricks

A young donkey who can barely stand with the bricks tied to his back. His legs were trembling.

Donkey carrying a load of bricks

Donkeys standing with bricks tied to their backs. In the background the pile of heavy bricks and the workers tying some bricks on to a donkey.

Two donkeys with a load of bricks

You might also like Donkey Carts or Elephants on the streets of India or  Eye of the Elephant! or Cattle on city streets or Cat Portraits
Or Yaks in Ladakh or Man with camel - photograph and silhouette
Or try the label "Animals" for pictures of wild as well as domesticated animals.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strawberry fields in Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry fields of a small farm in Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry fields in mahabaleshwar

Women workers plucking ripe strawberries

Plucking strawberries

Rice fields near Chennai or check out all photos filed under "Agriculture"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar

Sunset at Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar which is a popular hill station in Maharashtra. Tourists milling around the lake for boating, one of the activities available here.

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar

People relaxing around Venna lake in Mahabaleshwar.

Tourists at Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar

Related Images: Panchgani scene of lake and hills or if you are looking for a  really green nature scene, try this: Free Headers of Nature Scenes - Lake and Trees. Or Nature scenes of hills, valleys and trees or
Scenes from the Matheran Mountains or Ghat
You might also like to see more photos of Nature scenes or beautiful Scenery from India and different parts of the world.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Police checks on vehicles for unaccounted for cash

It's something new: vehicle checks by the city police and the Election Commission's flying squad to search for unaccounted or benami cash being transported to voters for the 2014 General Elections in India. Apparently these drives have been successful. Interestingly a videographer accompanies the police! Usually stacks of cash is distributed in the slums before the elections and it's very good that the police are doing something about it. Last election it was five hundred rupee notes which were distributed and this election I have heard that it is one thousand rupee notes. Shame on our politicians.

vehicle check by police

You might also like Security for politicians in India or Happy Birthday Political Posters or Mumbai Police vehicles or Mumbai Police at work or Traffic violations in Mumbai and Pune and Thane

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welder and welding

Photographs of a welder at work in India.

Welder at work


You might also like Masons at Work or Knife Sharpener from India or Wall Painters in India or Indian Cobblers or check out posts filed under Skilled Labour and Unskilled Labour

Friday, April 4, 2014

Goatherd in India

A Goatherd with his goats in a rural part of India

Goatherd with goats on a rural road

You might also like Cowherds in Rural India Or Yaks in Ladakh or Elephants on the streets of India
Camel cart and Bullock cart or try the label "Animals" for pictures of wild as well as pets.