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How people struggle for a living in India

Last updated on: June 22, 2012 17:09 IST

Image: A roadside vendor waits for customers at his stall of clocks and watches in the old quarters of Delhi.
Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters.

India's streets are bustling with small businesses. An indomitable spirit and entrepreneurial skills make these vendors an important part of our lives.

Here's how thousands of vendors and workers struggle for a living across the roads and narrow bylanes.

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How people struggle for a living in India


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People walk past a roadside currency exchange vendor in the old quarters of Delhi.

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A worker welds an iron pipe kept on a roadside against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Customers purchase vegetables from a roadside vendor amid fumes caused by a municipal worker fumigating a residential colony at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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A woman sells vegetables at a roadside stall in front of a beauty salon in Mumbai.

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A woman wearing a mask blows bubbles as she sells toys at along the roadside in Mumbai.

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A woman carries earthen pitchers at a roadside workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

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A customer holds chicks dyed in colour after buying them at a roadside market in Srinagar.

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Vendors selling fruits and clothes wait for customers at their stalls under a parked truck, on a roadside in Kolkata.

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Shastri, 62, works inside a roadside shoe making workshop in Mumbai.

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A woman adds finishing touches to cricket bats being made along a roadside in Nagpur.

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Eight-year-old Rupa performs on a tightrope at a roadside in Kolkata.

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Five-month-old Roshni, child of a woman labourer (R), rests in a basket at a roadside construction site in Chandigarh.

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A vendor displays metal locks for sale at his roadside shop in New Delhi.

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Prem (3), the son of an idol vendor, plays with a mobile phone in front of the idols of Hindu god Krishna at a roadside in Chandigarh.

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A labourer carries pots of palm juice to prepare jaggery, a form of candy, at a roadside factory in Bagnan, Kolkata.

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A labourer prepares Jaggery (candy) at a roadside factory at Banur village in Punjab.

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Vendors hold garlands of marigold flowers as they wait for customers at a roadside stall on the Hindu festival of Diwali in Siliguri.

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A vendor arranges umbrellas for sale on a roadside in Ahmedabad.

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A roadside vendor spins light sticks to attract customers in Shimla.

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A man carries cane baskets along a roadside to sell them in a market in Nalchar village, about 76 km (47 miles) south of Agartala, Tripura.  

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A boy arranges national flags for sale at a roadside shop in Siliguri. 

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A vendor arranges bottles of perfume at a roadside shop in Hyderabad.

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A girl performs acrobatics to earn her livelihood at a roadside in Allahabad. 

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A child plays with guinea fowls kept for sale at a roadside in Jammu.

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Glass bangles are seen at a roadside shop in Kolkata.

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A tea vendor holds an umbrella at a roadside in Mumbai.

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A roadside vender sells coloured powder during Basanta Utsav, or Spring Festival, in Siliguri.

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A vendor arranges second-hand books at his roadside shop in Siliguri.

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A hand rickshaw puller rests on a pavement in Kolkata.

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