WOMEN AT WORK
Sweeper, Padmanabhan Palace, South India
All over India women take up a broom, rest their left arm behind
them, and sweep—the rooms in a house, sidewalks and main
streets in the town, the grounds around a mansion, including the
lawns of short, curly green grass. India is now cursed with cheap
plastic and the inevitable litter, but some parts of the country
are still as clean as in years past. The palace grounds depicted
here remind the visitor that alone among Hindu kings, the maharajahs
of Travancore were modest, fiscally responsible, and down-to-earth.
Their mansions were merely somewhat larger versions of the standard
Kerala house, recognizable to the poorest subjects.