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A common enough sight in Rajasthan but the approaching monsoonal downpour made for a more dramatic contrast in colour and light than other times. Another version of this scene is to be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozpaul/1813117101/ . I'm not sure which I prefer. Amazing how living things survive on these roads...

Like some reviewers I would probably prefer the truck to be a little further in the distance but that would have been a different photo.... we were on the move and this was a fleeting opportunity. I could argue to myself that the truck introduces a dynamic tension into the composition but this is probably self deception. What I do believe however is that this scene illustrates something fundamentally different about the relationship between pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic in India and Nepal compared with Australia. I am not saying this does not apply to other countries, just that this is my immediate experience. In Australia we have herds of sheep and cattle moved along and across main roads and highways and drivers generally respect the need for this. Within limits. However, in Australia drivers generally do not tolerate people and animals entering their sacred tarred space and pedestrians keep as far away as they can and are always watchful. In India and Nepal it seemed to me, pedestrians claim their birth given right to use the roads just as much as the motor vehicles... People walk, sit and squat at the road's edge, seemingly oblivious to the speeding vehicles. In short, here the car rules, there the rights seem more evenly distributed. I would be interested to hear a local's view....

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