350 roupies a day …

… or 5 euros. This is the wage that these women will receive for a full day of work on a jobsite (mainly carrying dirt and rocks on their heads). Though they look right out of a fashion show, they are in fact waiting on the side of the road for a contractor to hire them for a day.  As for men, they make 500 roupies a day, more productive, in theory.

Note that the many bracelets around the arms of the women had were initially worn to protect them from Cobra bites in the fields. This is definitely not a Jean-Paul Galutier invent.

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160


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