I'm standing at a corner near Charni Road Station, chewing on a bit of bubble gum and trying not to feel the heat. The large tree to my right has a small colourful portrait of two gods, and a sign advertising Star Pest Control. Behind me on one of the pillars that supports the foot overbridge leading to the station is a sign saying: Required Urgently Smart Female Computer Operator, Work Time 10 am to 8 pm.
Squatting on the pavement under the tree is an older woman, obviously suffering from leucoderma. I notice her because she pours water over a small area of the pavement. Quite a lot of water. Then she reaches into a bag behind her and pulls out a cake of soap. She scrubs the wet pavement with the soap. Then she reaches into the bag for a rag, with which she wipes the soapy pavement.
Then she pulls towards her a small pile of dirty clothes I hadn't noticed before. She washes them, scrubbing them one by one on her patch of pavement that is now soaped clean.