Mumbai’s washermen fear rise of the machines

Mumbai (AFP) Jan 27, 2011 At Mumbai’s open-air Dhobi Ghat, Prem Shankar Kanojia picks up items from a pile of laundry stacked at the side of a concrete washing tank and submerges them in water murky with soap suds and grime. Once the shirts and sheets have been soaked thoroughly, he raises each piece high above his head and smashes it down repeatedly on a large flat stone made smooth by years of pounding. Hard-wo

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