Picture of the Day - May 31

A priest helps a man perform his morning worship as Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 30

Some guys cook outside their home, which is located on the ghats leading down to the river Ganges in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 29

For the cremation of bodies, wood and a scale Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 28

Pots filled with water from the Ganges hang off of an auspicious tree in the old city in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 27

A tree grows out of a retaining wall next to the river Ganges in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 26

A man gets a haircut near the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 25

A generator stands on the steps of a ghat near the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 24

Sunrise over the Ganges river at Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 23

A man worships at a roadside shrine in the old city of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 22

A man walks down a lane in the old city of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 21

A water pump in a lane in the old city of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 20

The Rani Bhavani Katra post office at Bengali Tola in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 19

A lane in the old city in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 18

A lady walks in Bengali Tola in the old city of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 17

The road leading to Dashashwamedh ghat at Godowlia in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 16

Families walking with saks in Godowlia in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 15

An old Luna scooter missing its wheels lies in an alley in Varanasi.  The Luna is hands down the smallest scooter available in India.  I had thought production was discontinued sometime ago.  Then I happened on this website.

Picture of the Day - May 14

A mother plays with her child in the Ganges river at Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 13

At the Ganges river in Varanasi, people completing their morning bath.

Picture of the Day - May 12

Children playing along the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 11

Three people are performing their morning worship in the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 10

A boat is tied up for repairs along the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 9

A shawl with the phrase "Victory to Lord Rama" printed on it hangs from a line. Click here to read more about Rama.

Picture of the Day - May 8

A goat sits on a platform along the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 7

A man sets up shop early in the morning along the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 6

A large water pot sits next to an empty water bottle along the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 5

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.

Picture of the Day - May 4

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.

Picture of the Day - May 3

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.

Picture of the Day - May 2

Taken from Chowka ghat, the bend in the river is easily seen as the river flows through Varanasi.  Here's a quick info article on Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 1

At the Ganges near Assi ghat at sunrise in Varanasi.