Carrying the burden of fate

This is one of the most disturbing images of life in the higher reaches of northern India. Because of the terrain, the absence of traffic and population scattered across several hills, porters such as this one carry huge amounts of goods – from boxes, cooking gas cylinders, girders, carpets – and everything else – up the steep slopes. Modern technology does not seem to have reached many parts of this continent of a nation where a very large percentage of people survive – and thrive – on hard manual labour day after day. The picture was taken in British India’s summer capital, Shimla, one of the most scenic places in the country.

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  1. Littlesundog says:

    Oh my goodness! I cannot imagine the burden of this load. How must that tear up the human body? Disturbing as this image is, I think we all need the reminder that life is very difficult in some parts of the world, and we need not complain about our niggling “little” problems.

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    1. singhcircle says:

      Right you are. Count your blessings as they say!!

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  2. Poor man – looks heavy

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    1. singhcircle says:

      It is but that’s life!

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