An oversized coat, scarf over a woolen cap, shirt over a sweater, blue lungi over pants, oversized bag, and red gloves – worn out of necessity and privation.
Although, the rare sight is not the clothing, but spotting a beggar in Shillong. Very rarely you’d find one on the streets.
Locals say they are less in number because of the cold, elevation of the city(about 1600metres), and absence of rail connectivity. “It’s a good thing that there are no trains else they’d bring more of them. No beggar would want to sit in a bus, or take a cab, just to come all the way to this height to beg!”
Photo taken at the entrance of the Fire Brigade Ground, on one of the days of a 20 day long fair affair, sometime in January.
P.S. Text in quotes is the view of two Shillong locals…and not a general consensus.