On top of the world - Khasi hills, Cherrapunji. Limestones are seen piled on the road side and smoke from the quarries are seen at a distance.
The basket used to collect limestones sit prominently near a shack while the dynamites were being set on the rocks in the background.
Matilda Reahtam, a labrourer is seen taking a few moments of respite at the quarry while the rocks were being blasted using dynamites.
The limestone pieces are collected by a labourer (usually a woman) after the men break large chunks of limestone into smaller pieces.
A bigger piece of limestone is seen in the foreground, while Matilda continues picking moderate size stone pieces.
A small pool of water is seen in front of a shack as a result of the previous night's torrential rain.
Once the small pieces of limestone are selected and collected, the women seperate sand and other foreign particles from the stones.
Labourers bring heaps of stones from distant mining fields in a truck. On an average, 24-25 tonnes of limestone is produced in these quarries in the Khasi hills.
I was listening intently at the echo of the dynamites when i saw some men waving frantically at a distance. Amused, i waved back. A few minutes later, a man came rushing by and indicated towards another shelter. Taking the que, i went with him into what looked like a stronger(if that was possible) shack. Later i found out that those waving men were trying to warn me against the blasts. The blasts were happening at a close distance and the dilapidated shack i had taken refuge in would have hardly stood the weight of a rock hurtling down on me.
The man who had come to my rescue posed for me later. Seen in the background is the skeltal shack i had taken shelter under.