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Laborers are paid a token every time they carry a load of brick from one stack to another. Men carry twice as much as women because men use a yoke. I have never seen women use a yoke for this purpose, although women do someitmes use yoke in Bengal for carrying coal. Women usually carry the brick load on their head. [In Northern India, women and men lately carry bricks on a wheel-burrow. This is a lot better ergonomic practice] Each brick weighs approximately 2 kg. Adult men carry approximately 12 to 18 bricks per haul, women carry 6-12 bricks, and children aged ~9-14 carry 4-6 bricks per haul. Every time they return with an empty basket they collect a token. Here the man in the foreground is about to collect his token for his last trip. At the end of the day the tokens are tallied and payment is handed out.

[Yes, I know, I know, the composition could have been timed better--the backgound girls should be fully visible, the woman's face should not be partially obstructed by the hand...but at that time I wanted all the elements together and nearly everything was moving...so this is what I got...pity!]

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