While the holy men are not above a bit of chicanery the everyday man, woman and child in India has a high work ethic. They do whatever is necessary to earn a daily crust in horrendous conditions.
Initially I felt a bit mean giving people 10 rupees, approx 7.5 pence, when I specifically asked to take a photo. It’s not much, but considering 94% of the population are surviving on 26 rupee a day they were thrilled. Our driver believed he had an extremely well paid job at £200 a month! He loved his work and was good at it, before that he was a truck driver and like many had to use drugs to stay awake in order to meet the tight schedules required to carry goods from Kashmir to Mumbai or Calcutta.
They may not have the best conditions in which to live and work, but nothing stops these industrious people from keeping clean and offering whatever service the general public needs.