This so-called "chromo-collotype" card was created by running an image derived from a black and white photograph through multiple color runs, after each color had dried, creating rich and translucent images.
A nice representation of water being extracted and transported by human and animal labor throughout a village.
Note the diagonal leading the eye into a rich scene, the figures in the corners of the frame, the tethered cow on the left, the pots in the coals, the vibrancy of this human space under a hoisted banner.
Sukhdeo (Sukhdev) was born as the son of Ram Lal in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad in Pakistan).
Sukhdev (1907 - 1931) was a very popular revolutionary in India's freedom struggle.
Maybe it is the hookahs and Arab head dress of the main in the green robe smoking a cigarette, but this seems to be a scene in Bombay bazaar. The electrotype (imprint on the back) matches that of Clifton & Co.
Early postcards from the Malabar coast seem to be relatively rare. In the message below, "Dusk" seems to be a dog.
[Verso] "6-5-20. Aren't they smartly pretty? I expect Dusk would like to bite this calf don't you?
A nice representation of a small portion of the human labor – a dozen people here – that went into the preparation and production of a commodity like tea.