A Double Seat Life – photo feature
The pictures below illustrate life in India…double seat, triple seat and yes even quadruple seat if there is such a word! The photographs are of people from different classes of society and shows them going about their daily life…to work, to school, to pray, to celebrate, or just for a joy-ride. For them life is all about double seat and triple seat…
This first picture was taken about a year ago, one hot summer while driving through Pune.
Some readers have seen this picture of mine as I use it in my header at times. I took this in Mumbai. One of my favourites.
I took this on a highway in the city.
I thought this kid was really sweet, the way she was clutching her father. Even her little legs were tightly coiled around the cycle. She was certainly safer than many other kids I have seen precariously balanced behind their moms and dads, barely holding on.
This picture of the teenage girls riding triple seat was taken in Mumbai. They were on a side road, away from the eyes of the cops. In Mumbai the traffic cops are strict and wouldn’t allow this.
This picture, of the little girl being taken to school by her dad, was taken in Pune.
The picture below was taken on Dassera day. A woman probably on her way to a temple.
You see the motor cycle at the back? There are four people on it! Well, this isn’t that unusual in India. The pic was taken in Pune.
Here is another one! (added later)
The last picture, where the boys look like skin-heads was taken during the Dahi Handi celebrations here in Mumbai. This happens on “Janmashtami,” a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. In Maharashtra, various “Handis” (Pots) with dahi (yoghurt) are hung at heights (ranging from 20 to 40 feet) and groups of youngsters go around the city trying to break as many handis as possible and there are attractive prizes, some going up to lakhs of rupees. These youngsters train for months, and Dahi Handi is not just about religion for them, but a sporting event. There are all-women human pyramids too. The significance of breaking the Handi is that Lord Krishna was fond of dahi and would try and get it wherever it was kept.
We were traveling in a car side by side and I took this picture through an open window. These guys were on their way to break a Handi, and they saw me taking their picture with my cell phone. They had no objection to it! In fact they posed.
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