Pe drum. Kerala, Sud-vestul Indiei, ianuarie 2016.
Munnar, Kerala state, SW India, 01 feb 2016
Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Fort Kochi, Kerala state, SW India
Tea house, Munnar, Kerala state, SW India
Some 35.000 Tamil workers from nearby Tamil Nadu state have been relocated on the tea plantations in the mountains near the city of Munnar. Workers come here with their families or establish one here. They are provided with housing, baby care facilities, health care facilities in several colonies located a few kms from each other.
Each colony has a communal building serving as caffe/tea house, meeting hall etc.
One cup of black tea (excellent, by the way) has a price of 5 rupees for locals (and 10 rupees, unofficial price, for tourists – not very frequent though). One euro equals 70 rupees…
Tea plantations are the property of Tata Chai (70%) and Kerala state government (30%). The Govt here os run by the Communist Party. Seems like even the Commies are not what they used to be.
Anyway, working people seem to be taken care of here.
Ernakulam, Kerala, S-W India, January 2016
Tamil girl in school uniform with headscarf. Met her on a ferry crossing the waterway from Alappuzha to Ernakulam. She was going to school, 1 hr each way, each day.
The uniform was in violet nuances with black headscarf.
She was beautiful indeed and seem innocent. Her eyes do say a lot.
Munnar, Kerala state, S-W India, January 2016
Tamil boy from a small workers village neighbouring the tea plantations in the mountains near the city of Munnar. Very modest, hardworking people. Seemed to me they were happy indeed.