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Leaving Patna, on the way to Vaisali, we pulled into a petrol station. This bus pulled in beside us. I noticed the people sitting on the roof and thought that they would make a good picture. They looked very serious. I smiled at them but they did not smile back, neither did they ask me to stop taking pictures. Then the young man, the driver, told me that the people on top of the bus were on their way to cremate their father. It was his body whapped in the orange cloth beside them. The wood for the funeral pyre was stacked under the body. I was taken aback, and asked if it was a normal thing. The driver said that it was. Bodies are cremated on the banks of the Ganges. They have no other means of transport but the local bus. He told me that they only have to pay half fare if the person is dead. I probably would not have taken the picture, had I known it was a funeral, but I did. So, here it is, showing how, in Bihar, poor people go to their funerals.

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