One of many cows, Varanasi


What a strange experience it is when you first arrive in India and find yourself walking down a busy street with a cow walking towards you! I’m getting used to it now but it does feel very strange that these beasts just wander about doing what they want and eating the scraps that people throw out like some kind of portable compost system.

If you’re not playing dodge the cow it’s dodge the cow pat. And just to take the recycling process further, the locals turn these into patties that ironically look like beefburgers (as that is one thing you won’t find yourself eating in India seeing as though cows are considered holy and therefore not to be eaten). The little brown patties are then used as fuel, that cooks the food, the waste of which is given to the cows. Maybe the Indians are onto something…




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