At first I thought some mischevious boys had, during play, tossed a couple of tyres over the tubewell. But then I kept spotting others as our car, very slowly, negotiated the narrow lanes of Ponduru village. Vinay Kumar, a 22-year old freshly minted engineer, was part of our group who had landed here to meet and see the khadi weavers at work in this village in Andhra Pradesh. He and I bonded over photography. He, taking baby steps, and I, sometimes jaded, after two and a half decades. "I've never seen tyres on tubewells? Have you?" I asked Vinay. He smiled shyly and shook his head implying he hadn't. "I have only seen it here...in Ponduru," he said. "Why do you think they have it?" I asked Vinay. This was within the first half hour of us landing here and I hadn't been well acquainted with the young man. It was just his 14th day on the job but I had assumed that he had walked these village streets for a while and might know a thing or two about life as it is lived here. "I think it's to take care of wear and tear...that part gets spoilt first," he added after a moments pause. "Many children get their fingers caught...," Vinay said to me as he spotted me shooting a picture of the little girl. I have seen tubewells in Calcutta, during my visits as a child, and had great fun pumping them to fill buckets but have never heard of a case of some child's fingers getting caught in it. But, in theory, Vinay could be right. But in all likelihood the first reason seems more plausible.
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