A priest helps a man perform his morning worship as Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi.
Some guys cook outside their home, which is located on the ghats leading down to the river Ganges in Varanasi.
For the cremation of bodies, wood and a scale Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi.
Pots filled with water from the Ganges hang off of an auspicious tree in the old city in Varanasi.
A tree grows out of a retaining wall next to the river Ganges in Varanasi.
A man gets a haircut near the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A generator stands on the steps of a ghat near the Ganges river in Varanasi.
Sunrise over the Ganges river at Varanasi.
A man worships at a roadside shrine in the old city of Varanasi.
A man walks down a lane in the old city of Varanasi.
A water pump in a lane in the old city of Varanasi.
The Rani Bhavani Katra post office at Bengali Tola in Varanasi.
A lane in the old city in Varanasi.
A lady walks in Bengali Tola in the old city of Varanasi.
The road leading to Dashashwamedh ghat at Godowlia in Varanasi.
Families walking with saks in Godowlia in Varanasi.
A mother plays with her child in the Ganges river at Varanasi.
At the Ganges river in Varanasi, people completing their morning bath.
Children playing along the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi.
Three people are performing their morning worship in the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A boat is tied up for repairs along the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A goat sits on a platform along the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A man sets up shop early in the morning along the Ganges river in Varanasi.
A large water pot sits next to an empty water bottle along the Ganges river in Varanasi.
Early morning sunshine bathes goats in Varanasi. Goat farming is the breading of goats. It's a business where everyone can participate as the costs are relatively low. All a person needs is some space to house goats, feed stocks and both male and female goats. Here's a website which has compiled all the useful goat farming websites in India on one page.
A dog sleeps at Assi ghat as the sun rises over the Ganges at Varanasi. Street dogs are really mistreated in India. I didn't know this before coming to India, but the more time a dog spends around humans, the more socializing it gets and thus, the nicer it acts. Their socialization from birth explains why street dogs in India are so well behaved. Maneka Gandhi founded the People for Animals organization, which rescues mistreated animals. Here's a link to her website for the protection of animals. She was married to prime minister Nehru's grandson Sanjay Gandhi. In 2009, she was reelected for a sixth term to the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. Here's a link to a biography of Maneka Gandhi.
A man in Varanasi walks to this bike with a 10 liter can of cooking oil. He has twine, which he will use to tie the container to his bicycle. Most Indian food is cooked using oil. Thus the ever increasing price of oil angers people. Here's a link to my favorite Indian oil. By way of example, a one liter packet is listed at 70 rupees on the Sundrop website. Now it costs 140 rupees for one liter! Since India is a quasi socialist state where most of the staples are subsidized, people vote according to what government handouts they hope to receive. Here's an article on Indian food. Not too far off topic is the importance of ghee (clarified butter) to Indian cooking. Ghee is made by boiling milk until all the water evaporates. My neighbor swears by ghee made from cow's milk according to a strict Hindu formula. You might be wondering where else milk would com from except cows? My guess is that 99% of Indians drink water buffalo milk. Cow milk happens to be drank quite rarely in Varanasi. It is not that there are a lack of cows, but that the milk, and by extension ghee, is sold more for religious purpose. This produces a larger profit for the cow owner. However, a man in my neighborhood has a special cow and people drive across town daily to get that milk. Here is an article detailing to history and use of Ghee in India.
At the Ganges near Assi ghat at sunrise in Varanasi.