Aug 30, 2014

Rural sights: scarecrow, charcoal making and ox carts

November 28, 2013
Seen near Kanaganhalli, Chittapur taluq, Gulbarga

From a distance I actually thought it was a man. These scarecrows are keeping up with current fashion trend, especially the second fellow, dressed in tight jeans and slim fit shirt.


This is a charcoal making set up. In the foreground is dry wood, this is jaali katagi. The smoking mound is a tightly packed heap of dry wood covered by thick coat of earth - effectively this is a one time use kiln. The kiln has vents to draw in fresh air and let out smoke. Inside the kiln wood is heated under pressure for several days. It is allowed to cool naturally and then the kiln is broken. The treated wood is not black charcoal ready for sale.

Ox carts with solid wheel. Most Indian bullock carts have 5' spoked wheels but some places are exceptions like Chitapur taluq. Carts with 3½' solid wheels are quite common - these are slightly smaller than the spoked wheel carts. There's a third type too- carts with automotive wheel - steel disc and rubber tyres - very common in southern districts of Karnataka.



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3 comments:

Manjula Umesh said...

nice creativity in dressing up Scarecrows :)

Anil Prasad said...

Wud anytime luv 2 see a solid wheel cart in real ....

siddeshwar said...

Thank you Manjula.

Anil, i guess its your engineering mind in action. Heard from a friend about carts with two sized wheels on one axle in some part of Gulbarga district. Wonder why different sized wheels?