Loading Ladders on a Cycle Rickshaw

Ladder Loading

Ladder Loading

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.

Ladder Over Head

Ladder Over Head

Bamboo Ladders

Bamboo Ladders

Upward Motion

Upward Motion

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.

Tying Up the Ladders

Tying Up the Ladders

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.


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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8 Responses to Loading Ladders on a Cycle Rickshaw

  1. Juli says:

    what a wonderful topic. Beautiful pictures. And also this is what my dad say all the time “There is a solution to everything in life” – and this is very true. I think older people are and were more wiser than we the younger generations may be. As in today’s world I would rather spend some time with older people and I will have some good conversations discussed. Whilst spending with younger generations, poof, what topic could be of interest? On top of it, your post is very pretty and interesting. Thank you. Juli

    • ninagrandiose says:

      I agree that there is much to be gained by interacting with our elders but young people have their wisdom and it too needs to be recognized and heard. When we do this, we begin to bridge the generation gap and then respect and understanding can grow. Thanks for your important comment, Juli.

  2. Juli says:

    To be honest, I have had my time involved with young generation of my own age. After many years I came to a point of fatigued at hearing almost fashion added to technology, and city life, I thought it was time to move on and growing my circle to knowing eldest generations. I wanted to know their pace of life and in their own days when they were young, I have made many friends and got the chances of going places with them and it has enlarged my way of thinking and knowing where in the world I want to be right now. Like we say, life goes from stages to stages, it is very true!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      I appreciate and value the wisdom that you have acquired.I suspect that what you refer to is superficiality. I think that our age of technology encourages this as we lose our human connection and it is replaced by a device. When we sit and listen to each other, in person with our attention focused on that person a bond is created. When all we do is click “like”not much really happens Older people are more in tune with this way of being. You are onto something, Juli.

  3. It happens only in India:) such an interesting post. To us Indians, this might seem so mundane but if we pause and think, isn’t it so absurd to do this. The jugaad that we always end up doing?!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is a mundane situation In India but so worth stopping and admiring the solution. India keeps me on my toes!

  4. Amazing. It’s not only in India they have a pragmatic relationship to loading and loads on small vehicles. 🙂 A lovely little photo essay you have created here.

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