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Autorickshaw | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Autorickshaw | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Autorickshaws are common all over India, and provide cheap and efficient transportation. New auto rickshaws run on CNG and are environmentally friendly. Autorickshaws are found in cities, villages and in the countryside.


There are two types of autorickshaws in India. In older versions the engines were situated below driver's seat. In newer versions engines are in rear portion. They normally run on petrol, CNG and diesel. The seating capacity of a normal rickshaw is 4, including driver. 

There are also six-seater rickshaws in parts of Maharashtra. In cities and towns across India it is the backbone of city transport. Normally their fare rates are controlled by the government with traffic meters.

CNG autos were distinguishable from the erstwhile petrol-powered autos by having a green and yellow livery as opposed to the earlier black and yellow. Certain local governments are pushing for four-stroke engines instead of the current two-stroke versions.

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Le village d’Abhaneri | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Le village d’Abhaneri | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Abhaneri the village is close to the city of Jaipur. It is a visual treasure. I pressed the green countryside and I discovered a village sparsely populated, without tourists without cars but very rich in architectural history. This village was for me, a true cultural recreation, a haven of peace where I stayed for a whole day.

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FRENCH: Le village Abhaneri, près du fort d'Amber, se situe à 20 minutes de voitures de la ville de Jaipur. C'est un véritable trésor visuel. Je voulais fuir le Fort d'Amber qui était bondé de touristes américains et français qui montaient sur les éléphants pour 400 roupies. Je me suis enfoncé dans la campagne verdoyante, et, surprise des surprises, je suis tombé sur un village peu peuplé, sans touristes, sans voitures mais très riche en histoire architecturale. Ce village a été pour moi, une véritable récréation culturelle, un havre de paix où je suis resté une journée entière.

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Misery under the sun of Rajasthan | Photographer: Serge Bouvet,

Misery under the sun of Rajasthan | Photographer: Serge Bouvet, | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

"Où vont tous ces pauvres indiens chaque jour que fait Shiva ?
Ces miséreux au mauvais karma, que la faim autant que le travail maigrit ?
Où vont donc ces mioches qu’on voit errer seul avec un seau ou un bac de pierre sur la tête? Où vont donc ces femmes voilées dans leur saris rouges où survit encore un sourire.
Ils s’en vont tous bosser comme des forçats, comme des esclaves.
Ils vont, dès potron-minet répéter leurs mouvements en silence ou en chantonnant.
Accroupis sur la caillasse presque de braise, ils se préparent pour l'enfer.
Et la misère les mâche au soleil." - Serge Bouvet

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