Bauriya Gypsy Girl, Pushkar, Rajasthan desert, India.
This young girl, Muni, is from the Bauriya caste. Like many members of the lower castes, the Bauriya people can only get the lowest paying jobs in their towns (hard construction work for a few cents a day). They try to earn additional income by drawing hennas (temporary tattoos) on the hands of Indian tourists. They sleep in the streets and hope to make enough money to buy the chapattis their family needs to survive the day. During the Pushkar festival, Muni, too young to draw tattoos, sits in the streets with her little sister (little girl on her left) from sunrise to sunset. They apply henna stamps on girls their age but from wealthier families. The children do not always pay her the 1 rupee fee. Muni
and her little sister will never get a chance to go to school.