Workers fix a light post on the vast grounds receiving the millions of devotees that will congregate for the next couple of months to celebrate the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on January 13, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) (via Maha Kumbh Mela - The Big Picture - Boston.com)
Indians feed birds from a boat on the River of Yamuna as it is enveloped by winter morning fog in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) (via Daily Life Around the GlobePlog Photo Blog)
New Delhi — An Indian man sucks on a hose to pull water as a crowd gathers around a government tanker delivering drinking water because of short supply in running water taps. Many areas of the Indian capital are facing acute water shortage, a repeated annual phenomenon during summer when taps go dry as demand rises.
A young woman stumbles as she tries to carry a large basket of coal as they illegally scavenge at an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari, India, where a community of coal scavengers live and work. The contrast between India old and new is nowhere more vivid than among the villages of coal scavengers in eastern India, sitting on an apocalyptic landscape of smoke and fire from decades-old underground coal fires. While India grows ever more middle-class and awash in creature comforts, these villagers risk their lives scavenging coal illegally for a few dollars a day, and come back to homes that at any moment could be swallowed by a fresh fire-induced crack in the earth. (Kevin Frayer/AP) (via Coal - The Big Picture - Boston.com)