India Sketch Journal 2013 Aug 20 by Meera Rao
Drivers, maids, and gardeners are still somewhat affordable as household help by most middle class families in India. Other than drivers, 'the help' usually work for multiple families. Drivers though chauffeur only one employer and end up spending a lot of time in the car waiting for instructions on the next pick up or drop off. They can be seen either chatting with other drivers, napping or most often reading in the cars while also making sure the car is safe and well guarded. I saw this driver whiling away his time reading in a car parked in the shade on a balmy afternoon making the most of the circumstance. Reading the paper is still the most favorite activity even though smart phones are slowly displacing it!
India Sketch Journal 2013 Aug 21 by Meera Rao
When that ladder just has to be transported -- this pair found a creative way to handle the job :) During my outings, I delighted in noting all the things people would ferry around in a motorcycle, auto rickshaw, a bicycle or any other vehicle and was always surprised by the variety !
India Sketch Journal 2013 Page 38 by Meera Rao