Dashashwamedh, Prayag Ghat, Varanasi
Geeta and Sanjay Goswami are part of the larger Goswami glass bead sellers along Dashashwamedh. They have a little shop right on the steps of Prayag ghat. There is a ton of stuff crammed into the four foot by three foot shop! As can be seen from the top photo, it is even hard to get a good view of the owner himself. Pushing aside the beads, I met Sanjay and learned that he has been in the beads b usiness for many years. To supplement their income, they also sell some typical worship items such as prasad and sindoor. However, their main business are the selling of glass beads. Take a few beads in your hands and you'll be surprised at how heavy glass really can be. All the beads are made in people's houses in Varanasi. Take home a "homemade" craft made right in the heart of the Varanasi today.