My father used to say, “There’s a solution to every problem.” Indians think a lot like my father. Sometimes it requires brain power but more often than not, it requires muscle power and a lot of old fashion ingenuity. The reliable and cheap to hire cycle rickshaw comes to the rescue as witnessed in this little series shot in Delhi.
No one else took much notice of these men working hard to load some very long and ungainly bamboo ladders on a small cycle rickshaw. These bamboo ladders are common place at construction sites all over India. I found their activity very admirable though these men found it odd that I stopped and bothered to photograph them.
It requires skill, patience and a fair amount of determination to fit these ladders on the rickshaw and leave a working space for the driver.
With the ladders now placed expertly on the rickshaw, the men tie it in place, ready to move on.
It wasn’t very far from this very location that I nearly met my demise as a passenger seated in one of these contraptions. A car came out of nowhere, cut us off and my driver jammed on his brakes quite suddenly. As there are no seat belts on any of these rickshaws, I went flying. Stunned, I landed in the middle of a very busy street in a twisted and contorted position. Other than being bruised and black and blue, I was fine. The people on the street were very solicitous toward me. Shaken but intact, I climbed back on the rickshaw and prepared for whatever adventure I might face ahead like bumping into these men loading this rickshaw.