“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
(By Elie Wiesel in Oct. 1986, when he was awarded the Nobel Prize).
I took that picture of Chai Baba where he usualy stands during daytime along the Ganges.
I know him since many years now, he is a well known character of the ghats in Varanasi (Benaras) who appears in several books and movies.
He is a Chai wallah, he makes and sells cups of tea there.
Sometimes we meet by chance at my friend’s restaurant nearby and then we share dinner together.
We talk about many things, he is a nice man and he contributes to what makes the Eternal city so special.
Once we spoke about the indifference of some toward people of his condition and this is the reason why I connected the words by Elie Wiesel to this portrait.