Conveyances and Contraptions on the Streets of India

Brahmin on a Bicycle

Brahmin on a Bicycle

Whether you are in urban India or out in her villages, one is immediately struck by the sheer volume of traffic one encounters everywhere. And unlike in the West, this traffic isn’t all powered by engines! All the varieties of conveyances is mind-boggling and a tribute to India’s ingenuity.  Naturally, as India advances into developed country status these forms of transportation will and are diminishing but for now they are still omnipresent and for me, contribute to India’s many charms.

The following series of photographs were shot all over India: from the very north to the southern most tip.

In Motion

In Motion

Sometimes it looks as if everyone is in motion.

Bicycle Goods Carrier

Bicycle Goods Carrier

There are so many ingenious forms of bicycle derivative combinations; many are quite an arresting contraption too.

Love God

Love God

An opportunity to display one’s spiritual devotion is seldom ignored and is visible on vehicles all over India. Because India imports so much of her fuel, the high cost for the vast majority is beyond their reach. Man power is cheap and bicycle technology is within the reach of nearly everyone.

Bullock Cart

Bullock Cart

Animal powered conveyances are a good method for transporting heavy goods that are  beyond the capacity of a pair of legs.

Camel Cart

Camel Car

It wasn’t too long ago that one could see camel carts all over Rajasthan delivering gas tanks but those days are gone. The auto-rickshaw is a popular, low-cost fuel powered vehicle that takes on many forms, much like its relative, the bicycle.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto Rickshaw

Auto Rickshaw Moment

Auto Rickshaw Moment

Motorcycle and Bus

Motorcycle and Bus

Along side bicycles and auto-rickshaws are motorcycles, scooters and of course, cars and buses as the modern age intrudes. There is almost a carnival quality to the ambiance on the streets of India and the assorted conveyances are a major contributing factor. It is all in the eyes of the beholder and this beholder is enchanted!

 

 

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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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10 Responses to Conveyances and Contraptions on the Streets of India

  1. mukul chand says:

    Great Post. Happy Diwali.

  2. Gotta love India, Happy Diwali!

  3. gopivictoria says:

      As always, really enjoyed your post…  even if I don’t always respond.. you always capture quintessential India and a little lump of longing in my throat..

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  4. Sue says:

    It has been so very many years since I was in India and each and every time I read your blog it takes me back to the magical place. I love the eyes that you see it with. The sensitivity to it’s rich culture and most of all for sharing it. Thanks!

  5. I love this little series of the many ways that transportation is carried out in India. The photos very much feels like India.

  6. ninagrandiose says:

    India is such a visual delight and the way things are done here really is a pleasure to capture! Thanks, Otto.

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