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Friendly Folks of Banaras

Written by Roobaroo Team

While people form an important element of any place’s character, the phenomenon is even more pronounced in Banaras – which it’s said is a city meant more to be experienced than just seen. Always up for friendly chit-chat and going the extra mile (despite their laid-back nature!) to help. Here’s introducing a few of them. A very happy friendship’s day to you all! 🙂

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“I left school when I was 11 and have been running this shop now for 7 years. My father has a drinking problem so.. But now, life’s my school and Banaras has great lessons on offer” ….Santosh, at his shop on Rathyatra crossing (text translated from Hindi)

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This 12 year old boy has improvised a boat largely out of thermocol and some pieces of wood, on which he sells flower lamps on the Ganga in the evenings to pay for school!

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A jolly bunch of under-training pandits, after their early morning Vedic scriptures recitation session in the Kamkoteshwara temple where they stay. The little saffron clad kid – Ashutosh, recited for us the lengthy verses of Swasti Poojan (a welcome aarti of sorts) complete with elaborate hand gestures!

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“I usually work as an RJ for Red FM, but commenting amidst such a massive crowd is way more fun!” …Sushil Kumar Mishra ji. Met him while he was picking on peculiar people, shopkeepers & their habits and helping the lost ones find their families in the Rathyatra festival here in Banaras 🙂

“Hum facebook pe nahi hain aapko ye photo ke 4 copies laane honge. Hum aapko shyam mein yahin mil jayenge. Aur ye Sadak nahi Galli hai! :)” Translation – ‘We’re not on Facebook so you’ll have to print 4 copies of the picture. You’ll find us here in the evenings. And this is not a Road, this is a bylane!’

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