Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Delhi's Cycle Rickshaws

During our two weeks in India, we saw a great many pedal-powered cycle rickshaws carrying both passengers and cargo. They were something of a technological innovation over hand-pulled rickshaws when introduced to Delhi in the 1940s. We read also of the controversy involving government quotas, seizures, and the potential of corruption surrounding this basic form of transportation most often operated by poor seasonal migrants.

There's always something interesting to look at, whether it's a crowded bus...

an entire family on a motorbike...

or those ever-present rickshaws. As soon as we thought we'd seen the most heavily loaded one ever, another one would come into sight.

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