Friday, May 21, 2010

Traveling in Luxury

Hey! (Or should I say "Hay")?

Look carefully. We were following this truck leaving Bangalore when we noticed a man taking a nap on top. He was jiggling back and forth with each bump and I was sure the whole pile would shift and send him over the side but he appeared not to notice my concern.

Pictures of India
Luckily Dad had his camera at the ready.

You'll see everything in the world piled on trucks in India--and usually overloaded to the point that you can't understand how it was piled so precariously. The cargo may be as simple as hay or it may be a more human commodity.

Pictures of India
All the trucks are overloaded and all the trucks have bald tires. No tire is so worn that it can't be passed on and reused on another vehicle. It makes you wonder if anyone bothers to actually buy new tires or if the whole country just rotates the same sets of wheels from car to car ad infinitum.

Pictures of India
Great pictures Dad.

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Sherry said...

I want you to know that I really enjoy your sharing the pictures and stories from your trip. They are just gorgeous and I feel like I've learned so much just from what you posted. :)

This is totally off-topic: Do you read the Bakerella blog? She posted the COOLEST Star Wars cookie cutters this morning and I immediately thought of you. She got them at Williams Sonoma apparently. Wink Wink. ;)

Lucy said...

I love this!

Jules said...

Oh my goodness! I would be scared to death riding up there....and sleeping? Yikes!

Carina said...

Again I say...giggling? Sure?

Scribbit said...

No Carina, in India they say "giggling" when they mean "jiggling."

It's a fact. :)

Heart2Heart said...


Wonder what our local police would think if they saw that taking place here? This is truly scary and makes you wonder just how many people have been seriously injured or killed doing this.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Cheri said...

I have enjoyed so much reading your posts about India. I loved seeing the silk worms! These pictures, and some others, remind me of my Peace Corps days in Western Samoa. Not only were pick-up trucks piled with people, so were the buses. When the seats on a bus filled up, then people sat on laps. When laps were filled up, then people stood in the isles and hung out the door. Being short, I often ended up on laps which took some getting use to!

I remember riding in the back of the school's pick-up truck once(where I worked) standing up! But I never saw a person on top of a huge pile of hay!! What a great picture! Your dad should send a copy to National Geographic! What a great trip you had!

Annette Lyon said...

Whoa. Just whoa.

Stephanie said...

Your photos remind me of Bangladesh. I traveled there in 1997 and the modes of transportation were very similar.

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