As it was still early February, each morning would bring the chill and the fog. December, January and February are cold in Northern India.
Here is a photo I took of a couple riding somewhere on a motorbike. Motorbikes are very common all over India and many people can be seen riding on just one. The woman always sit in a ladylike way though. Both legs to one side! How they keep their balance I shall never know:
This a way of irrigating the farm. I was told in my grandma's day, it would take cattle and a cart to pull the water out of the deep well. Farming is not an easy profession, so much relies on the water available and the weather. There are years when the weather does not co-operate and farmers loose their crops, and unlike the West, there are no government supplements to help them through a tough patch:
Next are some photos of the Old Village - and the place that I was born.
As we enter the village, these neatly placed pates of cow dung are put out in the sun to dry. They will later be used as fuel. I remember as a small child when we had no electricity at all, these being placed under an outside concrete "stove" and our meals being cooked on there. This was and is a very hard way to cook as you can imagine. The smoke gets in the eyes and much damage is done to them in this way. Looking at some people's eyes who are or were used to cooking in this way, you can clearly see the discoloration and damage that has been done.