Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Human Washing Machine

In India, the traditional folks do some serious washing with just their hands.   In big cities, you may find washing machines, but washing with the hands is very common in the villages and smaller cities.   
At my host's house, I sit and watch his grandmother and mother washing the clothes with such effort.  They use their hands, arms, and body consistently. This is why I call them the human washing machines.  They use the metal pots for a rinse and then use a seperate container to wash.   They dump the clothes out on the pavement and repeatedly pound each item again the floor 1,2, 3, 4, 5 times.  I just sit and watch them with such admiration. In the US,  doing laundry in a machine is a big deal and here you have these people hand washing piles of clothes with cold water and soap detergent or even sometimes just a bar of soap. 
I never see them complain rather they are just happy and accustomed to the work load.

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