I use the term ‘Indian Himalayas’ because I have visited a part of the Indian Himalayan range of mountains. My experience and pictures are specifically from the Indian side of the Himalayas. I have often seen women carrying a large load of leaves and vegetation in specially shaped large woven baskets, which are anchored to their backs. They use a sickle to slice through the grass. The grass is later dried on the rooftops of homes and used to feed cattle in the winters, when fodder is scarce. They sprinkle water on the dried grass and feed the cattle. it is a 3-step heave-ho for a lady to arise from the ground with the heavy burden on her back. Each lady supposedly carries twice her body weight!!! Salute to the ladies who work hard to feed their family and cattle.
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