This is another photo from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh state, southern India.
You may wonder how I got the idea for the title. Then take a look at the baskets the women seem to be preparing to load onto the bus. They are filled with small clay cups (maybe not 2 000 but in any case several hundred) of a kind used at thousands of simple tea-stalls all over India, maybe most often at railway stations.
The clay cups are shaped by potters, sun-dried and then half-baked in an open fire. Each cup is used only once and then thrown on the ground where the broken pieces will eventually dissolve. These cups are considered much more hygienic than glasses, which cannot be properly washed in the street.
In the background of this photo you can see a part of Charminar, the most famous building in Hyderabad and actually one of the most iconic buildings in all of India, almost on a level with the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Gateway of India in Bombay (Mumbai). You can see more of it in a workshop.
Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version of the main upload.
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Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-11 9:58
un altro bel ricordo dell'India nella quale si unisce la vita di tutti i giorni agli antichi fasti come evidenziato dall'architettura dall'aspetto tipicamente locale.
Anchje in questa uno spaccato di vita che potrebbe essere attuale perchè certe caratteristiche e certi dettagli sono ancora oggi attuali.
Ciao e buona serata
Disabled_A (0) 2014-05-11 10:08
I've always admired your ability to choose interesting moments - both POV-wise and subject-wise, I say again that each photo is a little story to which we, optionally, can add our own imagined details.
Very colourful, sunny, picturesque scene. The title reminds me of a verse in the New Testament :)
I'm also glad that now we have a chance to post large versions. Thanks for the big photo!
I doubt that I'd ever dareв to travel to India... it's much safer to learn about this country thanks to such photos :)
ricardomattos (6635) 2014-05-11 10:19
Very interesting and colorful scene of daily life in Andhra Pradesh. I liked so much of all details in this picture.
serp2000 (43792) 2014-05-11 10:30
Good Sunday evening, Gert,
I see the daily life did not change since 1987 in India. We can see the same tuk-tuk and the same Ashok-Leyland bus without the glasses. We had have a trip around Mumbai by similar bus in 2010.
Very very interesting report about the single clay cups... Perhaps it was really more hygienic way in that pre-plastic times.
Have a great new week!
williewhistler (16372) 2014-05-11 11:07
not only a most attractive and colourful pair of photographs but also some invaluable information regarding the humble tea cup.
It`s always a pleasure to take a look into your well stocked archive,never more so than viewing this intriguing daily life shot.
Most enjoyable photography.
Kind regards Les.
PaulVDV (28215) 2014-05-11 11:12
Wow! The Charminar looks very special and truly impressive!
On both pictures we get an interesting foreground showing the daily life in an Indian metropolis.
The women in their beautiful clothes, the bicycle rickshaws and the autorickshaws make the pictures colourful and very lively.
Best regards, Paul
pajaran (59479) 2014-05-11 11:16
Interesantan tekst o gradu i mestu sa opisom, lepo secanje ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na -1987.
An interesting article on the cities and towns with the description, nice memories ...
Good work with beautiful photography workshop, nice place and moment shown.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best with beautiful memories of 1987.
mesutilgim (94502) 2014-05-11 11:19
Hello dear Gert,
I wonder if iy has changed much since then ! Most probably then busses are almost the same and also the Street sellers.
Anyhow a nice TE entry again.
TFS and best regards
Graal (102570) 2014-05-11 11:57
interesting series. Good shot and caught scene from daily life in India. Superb quality of scan. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
npecanhuk (74814) 2014-05-11 14:44
Very interesting note and truly attractive daily life photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, (vivid) colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
Have a very good week,
jcpix (13914) 2014-05-11 20:34
I think Elena hit the nail on the head here, you seem to have that knack of catching the most interest from a given moment, still or in passing. Love the informative notes, I would have never known of the clay cups and their significance...plus, it does tie in nicely for a catchy title. :) I've never visited, but my minds eye has a clear visualization that India is like a box full of crayons, colors at every turn.
What strikes me the most about this capture is its spontaneity, no one appears to notice your lens at this instant, as it looks and feels 100% organic. Another fine scan in a long line, keep 'em coming! Enjoy the new week. Take good care.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-05-11 22:21
Those people are smart to use those disposable clay cup instead of the wax-coated, hard to get decompose paper cups. Good lighting and sharp details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
Periko (4886) 2014-05-11 22:27
This could be a scene of today. Nothing changes in India.
Nicou (139940) 2014-05-12 1:01
quelle belle scène nostalgique ces eprsonnage qui attendent le bus et ces anciennes voiture quelle compo et tonalité sueprbe ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-12 1:37
I had been to this place last month and the crowd is 2000 times the one you have shown. :)
Nice picture, and is very sharp in spite of the scan and the time.
TFS. Have a great day.
batalay (38591) 2014-05-12 3:34
This really is a slice-of-daily life scene, and recorded in 1987, it is still as timely as anything shot today. I like the tantalizing title. During your stay there did you have much trouble with food and drink? Hyderabad has had appeal for me since my childhood when I first heard about Hyderabad Nizam, and the opulence of his lifestyle.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-05-12 4:21
very interesting way of preparing cups and serving tea. This indeed seems to be more hygienic than any other way of drinking on the street and also very much environment friendly. Well documented scene which also includes some interesting settings. The old buses, the architecture and the riksha drivers help to create the mood of the image. Nice colors and well planned framing.
Thanks for sharing
Sergiom (77253) 2014-05-12 5:27
Un scan très bien fait. L'image est belle et les couleurs encore bien conservées. Une belle scène de la vie quotidienne de l'endroit qui ne doit pas avoir beaucoup changé depuis.
ourania (44254) 2014-05-12 8:24
such a spontaneous and natural scene from daily life, so much cultural information in the elements, the attitudes, the details and the colours. In spite of the candidness, your framing is excellent and the scene has gained solidity and comprehensibility from it. I like very much the gathering of people and means of transport, the architecture makes an interesting background and can be fully appreciated in the workshop photo. The stark shadows make the impact of the rich colours even stronger. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
saxo042 (37794) 2014-05-12 9:31
Själv skulle jag ju ha kunnat kallat bilden "Tea For Two Cha Cha Cha"... Hur som helst, en snygg bild med röda kvinnor mot en grön buss, en intressant byggnad i bakgrunden.
BennyV (16523) 2014-05-12 9:41
Another great oldie that fully deserves its second life here. Hats off for the title too!
ktanska (27322) 2014-05-12 11:01
Indeed that load is something unexpected! Perfectly framed shot giving a good idea of the place and vehicles that were used there (maybe still are?). Colourful clothing looks good too. Colour balance looks a bit greenish to me.
Fis2 (95983) 2014-05-12 11:30
Curious scene from street!
Good frame and colors.
I like gate and bus.
Silvio1953 (140700) 2014-05-12 12:17
Ciao Gert, nice animated scene, lovely composition with beautiful architecture as BG, splendid light, excellent perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (52963) 2014-05-12 20:11
Another olde but goodie, a vibrant street shot and hive of activity filled by such bright vivid red adding so much vigour, full of interest and much moire to view around. An everyday scene and glimpses into local life well recorded making it sing nicely. Excellent, TFS
COSTANTINO (64130) 2014-05-12 21:56
Good morning my dear friend
the title was impressive but I red your
useful notes to understand how you
got the idea for the title
I liked this scenery that they filled
with small clay cups may be not 2000
of a kind used at thousands of simple
beautiful scenery indeed with colors
details tradition and beauty
rychem (34507) 2014-05-13 8:51
You have a good eye for such interesting scenes, very nice, documentary photo, I have never seen so many cups at the same time, very well caught
Indrasish (2939) 2014-05-13 11:24
At first I want to say that this 1987's photo looks like nowadays dslr's shot.. Also you decided a wonderful caption for this frame.. Also I like the composition and moment.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. And thanks as always for your interesting note..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata..
nikkitta (17066) 2014-05-13 13:34
I have a photo in my gallery of a woman with the same clay used for water in... Nepal
They are ecological!
Good daily life scene of India, all is similar, saris, poteri, taxis , pople waiting for future customers
Interesting the building at the back as in WS
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-05-13 14:16
Very interesting.. I learnt that they used these cups on TV, but I didn't know that they transport them like this way... Thanks for the information. Beautiful colour and light, full of action. The little kid on the left was trying to catch the bus ...wasn't he?:-)
mirosu (16041) 2014-05-13 20:33
Excellent typical photo from India. Superb snapshot with the women waiting to board the bus. Excellent light & colors. Well done.
I was travelling many times to Hyderabad. An interesting Indian city.
You can see some of my Hyderabad photos here:
jhm (151376) 2014-05-14 4:39
I remain with a very great enthusiasm look to your old series.
The ladies almost all on barefoot with a very heavy load.
Excellent composition, colours and presentation be superb.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent made.
Very well done, TFS.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-05-14 5:00
wow... just looks at the transport.its so different.that is one of the reasons i really love your shots.it gives a quality first hand experience of the time and years gone by.great shot.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-14 5:37
brilliant colours and composition in this vibrant scene from daily life. the harmony and balance of the composition with so many varied elements are excellent. a few years ago, clay cups were introduced in trains by the Indian Railway but we dont see them anymore. of course they are still very common at roadside tea stalls especially in Kolkata (Calcutta). Thanks for sharing this great picture of daily life.
carlo62 (46353) 2014-05-14 15:19
un titolo appropriato.
Bella scena, gli abiti colorati ravvivano la foto ed è curioso lo sguardo dell'uomo sul calesse.
dale54 (7441) 2014-05-15 12:16
gert hello..nice one! you can get a feel of india's street life here..looks busy!nice POV to it! dale
adramad (44798) 2014-05-16 7:11
Sensational image that captures all the vitality of the street, these women and their baskets of goods, preparing to catch the bus, splendid background with cars, and that splendid gate, full of art and beauty.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I love it.
Enjoy a good weekend.
emka (95073) 2014-05-17 0:02
Hi Gert, I haven't noticed this shot. I remember Charminar, very interesting building in Hydarabad, but it is really on the level with Taj Mahal or India Gate? Indeed, I can't give counter example :).
WArm regrads Malgo
kato (11630) 2014-05-17 0:17
You're capturing well thid daily life by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which some women will load baskets filled with small clay cups for tea-stalls into bus. It's also impressive in their colorful traditional clothes and simple bus.
imageme (1790) 2014-05-18 19:48
Hi Gert, Nice capture moment of this daily life scenery with detail description. Indeed, there are many of tea cups in the baskets. There will be plenty of the broken pieces of these tea cups on the ground. What a great way of recycle these cups. They are made from clay and they will be dissolved into soil and then will be reused in the form of a clay cup....wonderful. The three different means of transportation are well captured at the very perfect timing that all those are well posed. Beautiful architecture in the background as a backdrop. The blue sky gives nice colour contrasts to the composition. Best regards
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-06-03 23:51
Beautiful colors and sharpness in this image from the street of Hyderabad and in the vicinity of charminar.Very well captured.TFS.
annjackman (21813) 2014-06-08 2:41
Compared with most Indian buses this one seems fairly empty! You show an interesting group of people about to board and thanks for the explanation regarding the contents of the baskets. Although this picture was taken in 1987 I wonder whether things have changed much here - perhaps not.
Lovely colours of India - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
macjake (66972) 2014-06-11 6:45
great to see your photos again.
such an interesting fact about the tea cups, how they dissolve - I had no idea.
but its a shame that they get thrown out just after one use.
you know me, its the BUS that captures my attention the most. It looks like its been put together with super glue! haha, love that 2 tone green color too, very unique.
interesting shot all around, lots to see and keep me scanning the image.
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kasianowak (8739) 2014-06-17 10:42
I missed this image while taking a break from TE for my travels in May. It's fascinating to hear about those disposable, totally biodegradable cups you photographed in 1987. And I bet that wonderful tradition exisited long before us Europeans started talking about "saving the planet"...
There is a charminar in Bukhara as well, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city which, you wouldn't believe, I forgot to go and see, as I was busy for hours photographing another mosque...
Have a nice evening
Angshu (56750) 2014-06-17 21:45
I am sure a few things remain the same even today...the Charminar, the auto rickshaw and the bus. What has surely changes is the fact that Hyderabad is today the capital of two states...Andhra Pradesh and Telengana...and also the clay tea cups may have been relaced (alas) by plastic cups...
Fine picture of daily life!
daddo (26534) 2014-06-28 23:47
Hi Gert.1987- long time to the present; enough time for the clay cups to be replaced by the environment friendly plastic cups? I love the description of these cups being thrown to the ground and ultimately dissolving. If only the plastic ones did the same! Another slice of life that is probably no longer. Best wishes. Klaudio.
adores (45027) 2014-07-05 16:20
Very nice old shot! I've never been to Hyderabad, but I can identify that arch. The buses were so different then. I like the scene, with the baskets full of cups, the women waiting to get inside, the tuk tuks and the boy in background, probably in a hurry to catch the bus. Some things have probably changed meanwhile, but not everything for sure.
aliabazari (16154) 2014-07-28 21:27
Hi Gert dear
I like this shot with the turnout.'s A good shot of social documentary. Fetter never done. Thanks for sharing
alvaraalto (10496) 2014-08-12 8:20
I just wrote a critique about the rich inspiration of metro-stations, railway-stations and airports. Now I realize that I forgot the bus-station.
danos (96688) 2016-02-13 9:31
nice the snapshot from the past with all these clay cups to are ready to 'travel' in the baskets with the bus.The section of Charminar gate on the backdrop completes perfect the whole scenery.Well done.