In a Midwinter Dream


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This young man is oftenly standing at the junction of Scindia ghat and Manikarnika ghat where he sells thea and cookies nearby the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Nearby his shop stands the place where the wood for cremations is kept, it is the door of Eternity where funeral pyres burn day and night.
There is always a certain activity there, even during that winter afternoon when I came to take a few pictures.
In India I heard a superstition saying that taking pictures of people sleeping reduces their life, I hope it is not true otherwise I must have been decreasing the life of many of my friends…!!!
Anyway this sleeper saw me with my camera and as he knows me he knew that I’ll take a picture of him while sleeping.
He only slept for a very short time, a few seconds, just the time to make a midwinter dream and he smiled at me when he saw the pictures.

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