Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)


Today, Josh, Shekhar, a rickshaw man and I went to town to see the mechanic because Josh wanted to know more about the insides of the rickshaw.  I decided to come along just because. I took a few pictures of these mechanics working, but I got bored quickly. I wasn’t very interested after 10 minutes, maybe because I am a girl.


But then I saw some kids playing on a rickshaw and my camera was instantly interested. Indian children are always fun to photograph.

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The kids in the above photo are cracking up because a younger kid was messing with the goat and the goat was “attacking” back.  This happened a few times, and every time, they would laugh so hard. The kid wasn’t getting hurt. The family from a distance was laughing as well, and I was too.

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I love the kid in red on this one.


youngboysThese three kids came over and asked me to take photos of them. The young man in the middle wanted to be alone in the picture; this is him telling the other two guys to back up.


And they fixed their hair before this one. I tried to get the shot of them fixing their hair, but my little point and shoot wasn’t fast enough.


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After some shots, one woman invited me into their house. (Camera shots that is.)

women2And as true Indian hosts, they offered me chai.


They had a ton of fresh milk, and this chai was basically hot fresh milk with spices. Very yummy.


Then, the doodhwala came by! There is no doodhwala (Indian milkman) where we live (20 minutes from this town), but I had heard of this, and I actually got excited to see him. Plus he was in a motorcycle. I did not expect this.

Doodhwala (Indian Milkman)


And he delivered some fresh milk jugs right infront of me.

Fresh Milk Jugs
Straining the fresh milk into the big pot.
Boiling the milk.

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Today, once again, India gave an unexpected fun day.

8 thoughts on “Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

  1. I love reading your posts! The pictures of the children are so cute. And the tea in India is amazingly different! I hate tea but can drink many cups of it when I go to India, haha.


    1. Thank you Bhavika!The tea here is definitely amazingly different. I hate whatever they call chai in the US. It is nothing like Indian chai, and chai technically means tea, in Hindi haha.


      1. Haha, I know.

        I heard the different taste is because they use buffalo milk instead of cows milk (as we do in England) although I am not sure if I am a hundred percent true on that.


  2. I love the mechanic’s hair. Is there a story behind this?


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we’ve always fantasized about doing something wild like that to our hair, but always chickened before it happened.


    1. Not really. We were there for research for our electric rickshaw project, and while my husband was with the mechanics, I set off to take photos and hang out with the kids and families nearby.


  3. You captured daily life wonderfully well. They kids look so happy! 🙂


    1. Thank you! They were really happy playing around with the rickshaws, the goats, and each other. 🙂


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