The Ganges Mermaid

The Ganges Mermaid


“Triton: I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed. 
Ariel: But dad, I… 
Triton: Is it true you rescued a human from drowning? 
Ariel: Daddy, I had to… 
Triton: Contact between the human world and the mer world is strictly forbidden. Ariel, you know that! Everyone knows that. 
Ariel: He would have drowned. 
Triton: One less human to worry about. 
Ariel: You don’t even know him. 
Triton: Know him? I don’t have to know him. They’re all the same! Spineless, savage, harpooning fish-eaters, incapable of any feeling… 
Ariel: Daddy, I love him! 
Triton: No! Have you lost your senses completely? He’s a human, you’re a mermaid! 
Ariel: I don’t care. 
Triton: So help me, Ariel, I am going to get through to you; and if this is the only way, so be it!’
(from “The Little Mermaid” -1989)

A few days ago this charming and pretty mermaid came to the shore of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was almost before sunset, it was very hot earlier, I guess she was enjoying the evening breeze.
I was sitting nearby on the stairs of Munsi ghat, I took several shots, she saw me, it seemed that she didn’t mind but she vanished in the holy waters before I had the time to show her the pictures…


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