"On the Streets of Varanasi, INDIA" – Many scenes in India can be heart-wrenching. In a country where the population is around 1.3 billion people (last count in 2016), poverty is not only unavoidable, but more prevalent and glaring than in other countries. We saw many sad and distressing situations when we were there - scenes that were “foreign” to our eyes, but most probably were “normal” from the locals’ perspective.
The ancient city of Varanasi needs no introduction – but while the focus of most visitors is often on the religious rituals (prayer, cremation, puja), many other interesting aspects of the city can be easily overlooked. While we were there, I had attempted to document (through photography) more on the daily lives of the people who live in the city rather than the people who were there as visitors.
This image was captured while we were on a boat on the Ganges River. It is one of the most powerful few which I have captured during our journey to the country. It is, I think, one of those photos which needs no lengthy description – for it speaks to the viewers, makes one reflects, and in turn, reminds those who had seen it, to be thankful and grateful for what they have. That is the message I had hoped the image will carry, because personally, it has that effect on me…