This is a random scene at the Wellawatte public loo. There’s a lady sweeping, a guy carrying two chairs, and two guys looking at stuff.
Colombo is a much cleaner city than say, anywhere in India, partly because we have a lot of street sweepers. Some are from the city, others are from Abans – an electronics shop that took an interest in waste management and does it well. I dunno where this lady is from, she’s not wearing a uniform. The less great thing about street sweepers is that they do not give a shit about traffic or cars and will just be in the middle of the road quite happily sweeping at, like, rush hour.
Chair carriers. The dude here is using the classic system for transporting anything from beds to fish. I dunno what it’s called. Stick and rope? It’s quite effective. Just tie up the chairs, balance the stick on your shoulder, and walk down the street moving everybody else out of the way. Chairs gotta move. On the street you’ll often see guys moving stuff that you’d normally use vehicles for, substituting sweat for petrol. Chairs and beds I get, but sometimes I see guys pushing carts of garbage or waste paper around. That seems like a lot of work for not a lot of benefit.
Guys looking at stuff. Yeah, happens. I think one guy is actually the cashier at the lavatory, which I think might be pay. The other kid is just chilling in his purple flip-flops.