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Street vendors in India

<p>Rehman, a streetside vendor, wears a pair of illuminated devil's horns as he waits for customers to buy his toys outside a fair in Mumbai, September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

Rehman, a streetside vendor, wears a pair of illuminated devil's horns as he waits for customers to buy his toys outside a fair in Mumbai, September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Rehman, a streetside vendor, wears a pair of illuminated devil's horns as he waits for customers to buy his toys outside a fair in Mumbai, September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Vendor Mohammed Ali waits for customers at his roadside stall selling antique gramophones and telephones, in Chennai September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Babu </p>

Vendor Mohammed Ali waits for customers at his roadside stall selling antique gramophones and telephones, in Chennai September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

Vendor Mohammed Ali waits for customers at his roadside stall selling antique gramophones and telephones, in Chennai September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A balloon seller takes a nap in front of the closed shops on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

A balloon seller takes a nap in front of the closed shops on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A balloon seller takes a nap in front of the closed shops on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>A vendor stands at his stall selling roasted corn by the roadside in Jammu August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta</p>

A vendor stands at his stall selling roasted corn by the roadside in Jammu August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A vendor stands at his stall selling roasted corn by the roadside in Jammu August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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<p>Vendors hold bags of cotton candy for sale as they look for customers in New Delhi June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Vendors hold bags of cotton candy for sale as they look for customers in New Delhi June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Vendors hold bags of cotton candy for sale as they look for customers in New Delhi June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman sells vegetables at a roadside stall in front of a beauty salon in Mumbai March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A woman sells vegetables at a roadside stall in front of a beauty salon in Mumbai March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman sells vegetables at a roadside stall in front of a beauty salon in Mumbai March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A woman wearing a mask blows bubbles as she sells toys at along the roadside in Mumbai February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A woman wearing a mask blows bubbles as she sells toys at along the roadside in Mumbai February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman wearing a mask blows bubbles as she sells toys at along the roadside in Mumbai February 9, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A vendor selling paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses waits for customers outside the Bhavnath temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Junagadh district, in Gujarat, February 20, 2012.  REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A vendor selling paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses waits for customers outside the Bhavnath temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Junagadh district, in Gujarat, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A vendor selling paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses waits for customers outside the Bhavnath temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Junagadh district, in Gujarat, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A vendor serving tea in earthen cups waits for customers at the venue of the annual Literature Festival in Jaipur, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain </p>

A vendor serving tea in earthen cups waits for customers at the venue of the annual Literature Festival in Jaipur, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain

A vendor serving tea in earthen cups waits for customers at the venue of the annual Literature Festival in Jaipur, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain

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<p>A vendor blows a toy balloon for sale on a street at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

A vendor blows a toy balloon for sale on a street at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

A vendor blows a toy balloon for sale on a street at Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi January 13, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Kashmiri vendors selling "Kangris" or traditional firepots walk on a street on a cold day in Srinagar January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>

Kashmiri vendors selling "Kangris" or traditional firepots walk on a street on a cold day in Srinagar January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri vendors selling "Kangris" or traditional firepots walk on a street on a cold day in Srinagar January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Women selling vegetables in front of a shop wait for customers at a market in Leh, 443 km east of Srinagar July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>

Women selling vegetables in front of a shop wait for customers at a market in Leh, 443 km east of Srinagar July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Women selling vegetables in front of a shop wait for customers at a market in Leh, 443 km east of Srinagar July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Vendors selling fruits and clothes wait for customers at their stalls under a parked truck, on a roadside in Kolkata May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Vendors selling fruits and clothes wait for customers at their stalls under a parked truck, on a roadside in Kolkata May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Vendors selling fruits and clothes wait for customers at their stalls under a parked truck, on a roadside in Kolkata May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A streetside vendor uses cotton buds to clean the ears of another man in Mumbai, May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

A streetside vendor uses cotton buds to clean the ears of another man in Mumbai, May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A streetside vendor uses cotton buds to clean the ears of another man in Mumbai, May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Nilesh, a streetside vendor, sits on the pavement next to his cow outside a temple in Mumbai April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

Nilesh, a streetside vendor, sits on the pavement next to his cow outside a temple in Mumbai April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Nilesh, a streetside vendor, sits on the pavement next to his cow outside a temple in Mumbai April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A fruit vendor takes shelter under his cycle-stall during a monsoon shower in New Delhi September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma</p>

A fruit vendor takes shelter under his cycle-stall during a monsoon shower in New Delhi September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

A fruit vendor takes shelter under his cycle-stall during a monsoon shower in New Delhi September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>A vendor sells garlands of marigold flowers at a wholesale flower market ahead of "Janamashtmi", in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri </p>

A vendor sells garlands of marigold flowers at a wholesale flower market ahead of "Janamashtmi", in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A vendor sells garlands of marigold flowers at a wholesale flower market ahead of "Janamashtmi", in Kolkata August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A vendor plays a flute as he tries to attract people to buy flutes in front of "Hawa Mahal", also known as "Palace of Winds" in Jaipur, August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder</p>

A vendor plays a flute as he tries to attract people to buy flutes in front of "Hawa Mahal", also known as "Palace of Winds" in Jaipur, August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

A vendor plays a flute as he tries to attract people to buy flutes in front of "Hawa Mahal", also known as "Palace of Winds" in Jaipur, August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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<p>A man carries cane baskets along a roadside to sell them in a market in Nalchar village, about 76 km south of Agartala, April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey </p>

A man carries cane baskets along a roadside to sell them in a market in Nalchar village, about 76 km south of Agartala, April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

A man carries cane baskets along a roadside to sell them in a market in Nalchar village, about 76 km south of Agartala, April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

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<p>A vendor arranges umbrellas for sale on a roadside in Ahmedabad June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A vendor arranges umbrellas for sale on a roadside in Ahmedabad June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A vendor arranges umbrellas for sale on a roadside in Ahmedabad June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A vendor (L) fixes a set of artificial teeth into the mouth of a Kashmiri man at a roadside in Srinagar May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>

A vendor (L) fixes a set of artificial teeth into the mouth of a Kashmiri man at a roadside in Srinagar May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A vendor (L) fixes a set of artificial teeth into the mouth of a Kashmiri man at a roadside in Srinagar May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A candy seller walks past a couple sitting on a promenade in Mumbai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A candy seller walks past a couple sitting on a promenade in Mumbai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A candy seller walks past a couple sitting on a promenade in Mumbai June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A vendor waits for customers for his basket of ducks at a wholesale market in Kolkata January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw</p>

A vendor waits for customers for his basket of ducks at a wholesale market in Kolkata January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

A vendor waits for customers for his basket of ducks at a wholesale market in Kolkata January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

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<p>A woman holds her child as she sells Indian national flags on the eve of India's Independence Day at a roadside in New Delhi August 14, 2007.  REUTERS/Desmond Boylan </p>

A woman holds her child as she sells Indian national flags on the eve of India's Independence Day at a roadside in New Delhi August 14, 2007. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

A woman holds her child as she sells Indian national flags on the eve of India's Independence Day at a roadside in New Delhi August 14, 2007. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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