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Photos from rural Karnataka
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The "authentic" India can only be experienced in the rural areas. I had very little time to visit these areas. The photos taken here were shot a couple of hours outside of Bangalore.

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This was taken from a moving car -- hence the odd angle.

A woman is doing the family laundry in an irrigation ditch alongside a rice field.

I saw dozens of people doing laundry in this way -- at nearly every irrigation ditch.

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This coconut vendor was one of dozens we saw along the roadside. They all looked just like this one -- a barefoot woman, with a huge stalk of coconuts, and a very sharp knife.

For a couple of rupees (less than 1 US penny) she would give you a coconut, cut some holes in it and place a plastic straw in it.

The coconuts were not fully ripe, thus the liquid was almost clear, not the whitish liquid we are accustomed to seeing. This was a tasty and refreshing snack -- much better than drinking Coke or Pepsi.

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Cattle may be worshipped and not eaten, yet they are certainly put to work. In the rural areas the most common vehicles are bicycles and bullock carts.

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These bullocks have recently been blessed in a Hindu temple. They still have the mark on their foreheads.

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