To me the Rickshaw Wala (puller) is the epitome of endurance. This was a scene I saw for 18 years of my life growing up in Bangladesh. You see them peddling away in unbearable heat and humidity with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher; you see them doing it in pouring rain, wading through flooded streets; you see them pulling sometimes 3 people who weigh four times his weight. A Rickshaw Wala earns on average Taka 200-500 a day (£2-4). He works long hours, I don’t even know how many. He usually come from the countryside, in hopes of making a better living in the city, so that he can send the money back to their villages and support their families.
Rickshaw Walas endure passengers haggling and fighting over the price and wanting to pay 10p less. They deal with the crazy traffic in the city, sharing the roads with speeding cars, buses, trucks and motorcyclists. They do such hard physical labour work with barely one proper meal a day. Even though I have lived in Bangladesh for a long time, I never fail to be amazed every time I visit, by the Rickshaw Wala and what he is willing to endure to make a living.
This photo was added as part of the Theme Endurance for the Weekly Photo challenge