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Delhi Rickshaw Driver

By GrahamBaines
This is a pedal Rickshaw driver from New Delhi, he has nerves of steel and the reflexes of a Bengal Tiger, at least he must have to have survived the daily traffic in Delhi to the ripe old age he has, (he's approaching his 19th birthday....Joke). From what I could observe the traffic in Delhi appears to work something like this...

There are nominally 2 lanes on a road, one going and one coming back, however.... I say nominally because if there's room on the other side of the road then it's okay to use that, so long as you avoid the other cars, tuk-tuks, motor bikes, pedal bikes, and pedestrians coming directly towards you, oh... I forgot to mention the cows. Now the cows have special dispensation being holy animals, and can roam, lie or sleep anywhere (in the middle of the road on major roundabouts is a particular favourite), and if you hit them then you're in deep trouble.

Now, there are traffic signals too, lights, zebra crossings, give way signs at junctions and things... but these of course are optional, unless there's a bad tempered looking policeman with a large stick (which they appear to have no compunction about using) managing the traffic. When this happens you have to avoid being beaten with the stick, oh... and the cows have right of way over the police too... Once you get the hang of it it's pretty straight forward really :-/

I wonder if anyone has thought of writing a computer game…..???

Thanks for looking

(For those wondering about the hair dye, I'm told it's Henna and is often worn by Hindu Men, this gent is wearing it on his face too, at first I thought it was a bit of bad photoshopping on my part, but the original is the same).


Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: pennyspike, alighalam, mrswoolybill and 12 more

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pennyspike 17 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 8:42PM
I like the different angle to this portrait and the story adds interest. It sounds like something straight out of "The White Tiger"
alighalam 11 1 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
15 Dec 2009 8:51PM
Superbportrait image, such a tired face! very well composed and captured.
peely 14 13 England
15 Dec 2009 9:30PM
Great portrait, i love India, i plan going back next year.

pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 10:25PM
superb portrait I bet this chap could relate many a good story
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 10:26PM
An exceptional portrait - such an expressive face. Thank you for the information too, especially about the hair dye!
imagio 14 12 1 England
18 Dec 2009 2:44PM
Superb portrait and narrative Graham


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