Man started its journey on wheels and horse riding was replaced with stage coaches and carts driven by the beast of burden. The fast developing pace of technology replaced carts and horse drawn coaches with cars and trucks and trains and soon these horse drawn coaches and man driven wheel trollies became a rapidly fading past.
But while one may not come across carts and trollies driven by man and animal in the developed countries, these may be a common sight in the developing and under-developed countries, where people still use two wheelers for most of their daily chores and hand driven trollies to earn living by poor vendors.
Most countries in Asia still cling to these forms of travel and one more often than not comes across donkey driven carts, hand driven trollies, motorcycles and rickshaws twittering by in the streets and roads, for a majority cannot afford the luxury of cars. And many still would prefer a cheap donkey driven cart to an expensive truck for shifting and carrying luggage.
Pakistan, too has all form of the wheels and vendors as talked about above and one can see these in abundance on our roads, side by side the glittering and flashing limousines. I am sharing photos of these forms and one can still find people contended with what they have and go about their business of life on wheels –the number of wheels though depends on the budget and the degree of affordability, though.
|Cycles are the poor's Rolls Royce completely independent of price hike of petrol. - although it requires every bit of bodily strength, which even the poorest and oldest can muster to move about.|
|Three-Four wheel trollies are favourites of poor vendors, requiring no fuel and means of pulling, except the owner's strength. One can find vendors selling vegetable, fruits, kulfi (an indigenous ice cream made of milk and sugar).|
|This is the carriage of a horse / donkey driven cart|
Photo Attribution: All the photos above have been shared with due courtesy of my Flicker friend Tahir Iqbal’s set of Lyallpur – West Punjab. Although all photos are taken from the streets of Lyallpur, now called Faisal Abad, these represent the overall transportation means of poor and middle class people of the entire country. Tahir Iqbal has extensive coverage of cities of Pakistan and has traced back history of few cities. I have already shared his photos in my earlier posts as under: