This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1, Day 1 Continued and Day 2) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.
Benares – Day 2 Continued…
Once i crossed the Flower boat, i started heading towards north again. Then as i was just crossing an area where a pundit was doing a ceremony, just after a family arrived back to the Ghats from a boat which had gone to immerse ashes of their deceased beloved in holy Ganges. It looked like a rural south Indian family, I tried to capture a few portraits of them.
I was expecting intense emotion of grief, but most of them were having happy faces except for the wife of the deceased. I tried to talk to them and found out the deceased was in pain and suffering due to a long hold malady. So the whole family was having a relief that at least now their beloved will not have to suffer through that pain which he was experiencing from a long time. Here are a few portraits:
I call these photographs collectively – “The Faces”.
This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1 and Day 1 Continued) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.
Benares – Day 2
“Subah-e-Banaras” is the local term (originated from Urdu) used for Benares Sunrise! Which is one of the many exciting charms of Benares. I didn’t know what to expect. But regardless, i had set my alarm at 4:30AM to wake up early in the morning, to get up, shower and make it in time till the Ghats.
The eve before i had asked a boatman if he could take me to the Ganges banks on the other side of the Ghats. He agreed and was to be found at 5AM on the main ghat as promised. When i reached there, neither i could find him nor his boat. The first disappointed of the evening.
Then i started walking north from the Main Ghat into the early twilight of the morning while sun was still below the Horizon. Here is the picture of the particular moment.
While walking back i came across an old man¹, he had a magical smile.
As i was crossing him, looking at me he stopped me and said ‘Son! You don’t look from around here! Where have you come from?’
If a total stranger would ask you something like this, you’ll just ignore and walk away. But this old man just didn’t seem like one! That’s the magic of Benares! This old man seemed like an indistinguishable part of Benares! So i couldn’t help myself but reply with a gentle smile.
‘Uncle! I’ve come from Bombay. Indeed not around from here.’ ‘Are you a local?’ I asked.
‘Yes, Here from past 18 years almost. I was in Kolkata² for a long period of time, then destiny took me here and i never left.’ He replied.
All of his more than 50 years of life experiences were reflecting in his talks. We kept on talking for 15 minutes almost. Then i thought to take a picture with him. I asked a passing by foreign lady to take it for me. Luckily she knew, how to operate the camera. In fact more than i did.
As you might already know, I’ve been training and running marathon‘s from more than a year now. So i recently got myself more technical running shoes.
This pair costed me Rupees – 9999, i bought it from a local Puma store. You can buy it online as well, from here at Amazon: http://goo.gl/qrJ6eJ
As i was searching for these shoes but couldn’t find much of video reviews at that time. So I thought why not make a detailed review of these shoes and post it on YouTube.
So here it is.
Part – 1 of the Puma ignite review
This part covers out of the box review and design aspects of these shoes.
In part – 2, I will cover the performance aspect. I’ll be posting that review shortly, as i have to put these shoes to test before i can give a comprehensive performance review.
So till then, please enjoy the part – 1.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.
P.S.: This is not a paid endorsement of any kind. This is just a genuine review of the shoes i recently bought by paying cash. However the link above is an amazon affiliate link which helps me keep this blog running.