Photographs By: Azad Shrivastav
THE CARRIERS OF MUMBAI
The inception of Mumbai city began with construction of mills all over South of the city. These mills saw workers use wooden 'haath gaadi' to transport goods in shorter distances. These carriers are still used all over the city, despite several advances in trasportation methods. Used by old newspaper pickers or 'raddiwalas', to the group of famous tiffin services known as 'dabbawalas' – this method of transporting goods is even used in malls today. It is a difficult task, and yet these simple carriers make it easier for every labourer or transporter to carry goods everywhere...
Afternoon D&C photographer Azad Shrivastav takes a look at the process of building these carriers in a workshop – from making robust tyres to fit beneath the large plank of wood, to ensuring the strength of the wooden chunks that makes a plank – the work here is done to perfection, and that supports the livelihood of thosands in the city.