In Photos: The Varanasi of the Ordinary
One content self and many baskets.
One content self and many baskets.(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 

In Photos: The Varanasi of the Ordinary

The word ‘Varanasi’ sparks visions of ghats and sadhus in saffron huddled around places of worship; But as a wanderer in the ancient city, I wanted to document the stories of the individual faces that made up the map of this place — the residents, the daily wage labourers, the beggars — faces that are often forgotten as soon as they are spotted.

Men who carry the burden with smile.
Men who carry the burden with smile.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
An uneasy sight on a busy street of Varanasi.
An uneasy sight on a busy street of Varanasi.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
Story of balance.
Story of balance.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
A moment of calm amid the chaos.
A moment of calm amid the chaos.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
Encountering a still hand as the maddening crowd swirls past.
Encountering a still hand as the maddening crowd swirls past.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
The lens sees all.
The lens sees all.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint)v 
 Uncommon sight of a commoner.
Uncommon sight of a commoner.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
The thin yellow line divides the frame.
The thin yellow line divides the frame.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
Sleeping under the sun.
Sleeping under the sun.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
The Gods are watching.
The Gods are watching.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
Two men pose, one on a poster, one off it – when the old and the new meet. 
Two men pose, one on a poster, one off it – when the old and the new meet. 
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
Mornings on the Varanasi ghat, 
Mornings on the Varanasi ghat, 
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 
The shadows of Varanasi.
The shadows of Varanasi.
(Photo: Athar Rather/The Quint) 

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