Rickshaw Puller – Calcutta, India

Rickshaw Puller – Calcutta, India

a Rickshaw Puller - Calcutta, India
Rickshaw Puller – Calcutta, India

A rickshaw puller rests while his fare tends his shrine in Calcutta, India. The rickshawalas, or rickshaw pullers, are a dying breed in Calcutta and Northeastern India and Bangladesh. Brought to British Calcutta by Chinese merchants well over a century ago. They were relied on to move people and goods through the crowed streets. In fact, rickshawalas were the only reliable means of transport during the monsoons. Today they have given away to the motorized tuk-tuk.

Much more from me on Calcutta’s rickshawalas here. Thanks for stopping by. Be safe. Be well.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I can only imagine how difficult this job must be — any weather, any passenger, but always hard labor!

    1. Yes, little more than beasts of burden but most seem proud of the service they provide. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I spend a good time in Kolkata and saw may riksha pullers. I am always afraid of sitting on that riksha and nether I tried.

    1. I never rode in one either for the same reasons. Thanks for your comment.

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