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Text and Photos: Basia Kruszewska
 


Perfect equilibrium


Who’s the fastest of us all and the most balanced… A pot race

Basia is an American who has been in India for close to 2 years. She is a regular blogger and keeps her blog, India Ink, buzzing with images of India

Age no bar. It’s all in the head
Going at it brick by brick, till it is all done
 
If you want to learn how to put your head to good use, come to India! One thing I find fascinating is how people here are able to carry huge loads balanced on their heads. Everything from sticks to bricks, from water to food, is transported this way. Sometimes, one hand will lightly balance the load, but more often than not, the load is carried without using the hands at all. I’ve seen women balance as many as a dozen bricks on their head, and gracefully carry them without dropping a single one! And age doesn’t seem to matter. Old or young they seem to do this with equal ease.



Ready to fire – dried stems of coconut leaves are a popular fuel

What’s a little climb! Grass cutters
trekking downhill with their spoils

Hill or plain, desert or beach, people carrying headloads are common. Partly because it is cheap if you carry your own stuff and partly because there is no other way of transporting it. And in some places they even turn it into fun, making races out of it.



Sugarcane for dessert? Ganna or sugarcane juice can be quite refreshing under the hot desert sun


Sun, sand and surf, and the perfect poise of this
buttermilk vendor turns heads