A gaggle of elementary school girls pile into a cycle rickshaw to get their learn on.
In India, education up to a certain point is free (I believe up to middle school). Transportation to education is not. Wake up early enough in the morning and you see a potpourri of methods scraped together to move children to school, often employing techniques that circus clowns would envy.
An auto rickshaw driver leisurely finishes a conversation as schoolboys await their ride.
Time is not money in India. Locals frequently waste each other's time with apparent little concern. Traffic operates in a similar manner. Sure, why not make a 19 point u-turn in the middle of a busy alleyway? And please take your time because we all enjoy watching your mastery of a manual transmission.
A van engorged with li'l chitlins awaits a tardy child to emerge from her house.
A lone pre-schooler in a modified cycle rickshaw.
Notice the scrapes and structural damage on the top of this death trap. I'm thinking the rickshaw driver lost control a few times and sent the thing rolling like an errant Nascar vehicle. Luckily Indian children are resilient little buggers. Dust 'em off and their ready to go again.
If you've read down this far and you didn't understand the 'short rickshaw' reference, you're probably one of my international viewers. In the US, special needs children often ride a modified, shorter version of a large yellow school bus.
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