This is a river boat on the shore of River Saree, a small river that leads into the beginning of the Himalayas. This river is rich with sand that comes all the way from the mountains, and boats such as this one collects all the sand and sells it to be used for construction. The men collect all the sand by hand (the water is only waist deep), and its pretty damn hard core, back breaking labor. They are close to shore, but one of the few refuges they have is 'this' boat, which is not used to collect sand, but is used to sell tea and biscuits, acting literally as a 'River Cafe'. Many a times, the other sand collecting boats will wander up close to this boat and rest for a bit while drinking some tea. Given its close proximity to the shore, other people from the shore come over as well, taking a quick tea break in the middle of their work.
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