VARANASI ( Also known as Benaras or Kashi ) is the oldest living city in the world with a known history of over 3000 years. Mark Twain once wrote, “Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” This city existed even when Sri Budha was a young boy. Varanasi belongs to the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, situated by the west bank of holy Ganga River. The revered and ancient city Varanasi is the religious centre of the world of Hindus, Budhists, Jains & Sikhs. Even after several centuries of destruction by Mughals & other invaders, this city still stands, where the past and present, eternity and continuity, philosophy and wisdom co-exist. To Hindus, Kashi is as holy as Mecca to Muslims & Jerusalem to Christians.
One of the main attractions in Varanasi must be its street life, and it is perhaps every photographer’s dream land. In this series, I have tried to capture the spiritual moments and street life of Varanasi without losing its charm.
About this particular frame : I was fascinated by the activities of a barber who appeared from nowhere, made a quick setup and got busy with his work.