Monday, April 02, 2012

The Coin Hunters of Ramganga

India has had a special affinity for rivers. For they are life givers to its largely agrarian society. Rivers are revered as mother goddesses and a dip in their waters during festivals is almost mandatory. And every they travel and cross a river, many Indians would throw a coin or two off the bridge and make wish.

Retrieving the coins from the murky waters is supplements the income for numerous poor families that dwell along the banks. These boys, living along the banks of the Ramganga in Bareilly are specialists in that art dipped lashed up magnets in the water, just after a train passes to retrieve some of the offered coins. Necessity truly, is the mother of invention.

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