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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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