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Photo Essay: The Human Plows of Chandni Chowk, India

Delhi, India. Dilapidated havelis, winding souk-like streets congested with workers, rickshaws and merchant shops which sell anything imaginable from saris to electrical appliances– Chandi Chowk is the bustling heart of a 16th century Delhi. The “chowk”, reknown as one of the oldest and busiest markets of Delhi, still survives on legacy practices such as the what I call, The Human Plow (read about my Chandni Chowk/Human Plow experience). Cows, considered sacred in India, laze about as men do the mule work, literally strapped to the yoke transporting mountainous cargo through the streets. As productive as worker bees, each man is a vital player to the demands of commerce–under the promise of a few rupees a day!

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  1. Those are some great pictures. India is one place that we haven’t been to on our travels. There are so many stories I’d like to shoot there. Thanks for the inspiration!

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