Just beyond the walls of any major temple an unofficial itinerant market invariably appears;
the Hindu equivalent of a Cathedral gift shop and tea-room.
Picture of a flute seller taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai
A hard sell
For a gentle man.
Pictures taken in Kannumpuram, Fort Cochin.
On certain streets in Delhi “doctors” ply their trade.
What they lack in qualifications is hopefully balanced by experience.
Many of the poor cannot afford to see a registered physician, so there is considerable demand for this cheaper alternative.
Alongside the doctors, unqualified dentists offer extractions and dentures.
It’s a thriving business and certainly an alternative to socialized medicine:
the logical outcome of an unregulated healthcare market.
Picture taken from our cycle-rickshaw, on the streets of New Delhi.
Lottery ticket seller in Trivandrum, Kerala.