Picture of the week – an old cow herder

Do you feel sorry for this old man who almost looks like Mahatma Gandhi?

Mahatma Gandhi upon arrival from South Africa to India in 1901 decided not to wear cotton clothes made in the cotton mills of Manchester (UK). The cotton grown in India was being shipped to the cotton mills in Manchester where it was spun into clothes and brought back to India to be sold. This completely destroyed the cottage industry and crippled the Indian economy. More on Indian history and what Indians wear.

However, unlike the Mahatma (meaning great soul) who refused to wear any clothes made by the British in protest, this man may or may not have enough clothing, I can’t be for sure for certain. Perhaps it was a hot day and he preferred to be in his ‘cloth’. He is most likely a cow herder. The stick caters for two purposes; walking and herding the cattle. What do you think?

An old man with a walking stick
An old man with a walking stick

Hello world, Shalu here!

Did you like this article then post this on your favourite social media site for others to read! Just hit any of the buttons on the bar on the left...

Connect with me on my Facebook page or connect with me on Google+, or like the site’s Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. If you have any questions on India, just request to be my friend and send me a message...

Do you want to start a travel blog but don’t know how? Click here to find out how to start your own travel blog.

Amazing Facts About India
India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India

What to learn about India? What to teach your children about India? Are you travelling to India? Here is a simple book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing country. My book, India For Kids is designed especially for children but travellers going to India can also take advantage of this simple book. You can find out more about the book here India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India which is available on all Amazon stores.

Shalu Sharma

Shalu Sharma is a blogger and a writer from Bihar, India. She is the founder of YouBihar, the Bihar social networking site and writer on tourism in India. Apart from blogging, she is also a mother who does cooking and washing. She also watches movies and read other blogs. You can follow her on .

20 thoughts on “Picture of the week – an old cow herder

  • January 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    Permalink

    A good snap. Of course, a stick is a good instrument especially when you are in a village. And more if you are on the older side.

    Reply
    • January 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm
      Permalink

      Vishal, sometimes one wonders if this will ever end and poverty will ever be eliminated or not.
      Twitter:

      Reply
  • January 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    Permalink

    HI Shalu jee

    This pic depicts sorry state of affairs. Rural India is still struggling.
    Thanks for keeping us well updated.

    Sapna

    Reply
    • January 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Sapna, it is a very sorry state of affairs. This is something that the average tourist to India do not see. But we do!
      Twitter:

      Reply
  • January 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    Permalink

    I think its due to hot weather. But its also true that in remote area people are struggling for basic needs.

    Reply
    • January 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm
      Permalink

      It is possible that its not due to hot weather and he is using the stick for directing the cows and buffaloes.
      Twitter:

      Reply
  • January 28, 2013 at 5:34 am
    Permalink

    Hi Shalu ji,

    Indeed, the individual in the pic does look like a cow herder. In all earnest, I feel he’s living below the poverty line, just like many others in this developing nation called India.

    Sights such as these are common place in India. I hope the next decade brings to us more cheerful sights to savor on.

    Regards.

    Jay
    Twitter:

    Reply
    • January 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Jay
      Lets hope so that we will savour more delightful sights in the near future. Thank you for sharing and commenting. Hope to you again.
      Twitter:

      Reply
  • January 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    Permalink

    I am sure the man is worried about the hear, but I think he is more worried about his sheep and being comfortable he herd his sheep.

    Great picture.

    Reply
  • January 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    Permalink

    I am not thinking about Mahatma Gandi. I know this person is poor and that is the reason he is not wearing proper clothes. Now it’s our duty to treat them well because they are done with their part.
    Twitter:

    Reply
  • January 29, 2013 at 2:52 am
    Permalink

    That was really a very nice shot. Your shots are very meaningful. That man would certainly go to his herds. Love it.
    Twitter:

    Reply
  • January 29, 2013 at 10:14 am
    Permalink

    Good Picture! Perhaps he is looking for the man who stole his clothes and has a good stick to punish the guy.
    Twitter:

    Reply
  • January 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Permalink

    Hi…I don’t know why are you comparing this old man with Mahatma Gandhi, but whatever may be condition of India is now bitter and worst before 60 years……..

    Reply
  • February 4, 2013 at 6:20 am
    Permalink

    It is possible that its not due to hot climate and he is using the keep for guiding the livestock and buffaloes.

    Reply
  • May 1, 2013 at 9:47 am
    Permalink

    I am not considering Mahatma Gandi. I know this individual is inadequate and that is the purpose he is not dressed in appropriate outfits. Now it’s our responsibility to cure them well because they are done with their aspect.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)