The Little Prince

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“To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys.
And I have no need of you.
And you, on your part, have no need of me.
To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other.
To me, you will be unique in all the world.
To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
(From “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and aviator, 1900-1944)

One Sunday evening this little boy came to meet his friends at Munsi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Muslim teenagers enjoy coming there in order to swim during summers.
Usually on Sundays they wear their nicest white kurta with a dhoti and a topi (prayer cap) as a symbol of their faith, it gives a timeless elegance fitting the atmosphere of the Eternal city.
This little boy in white reminded me Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous book that I was reading when I was his age, therfore he became “The Little Prince” of Benaras in my lens for a while.

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