India, Jan-Feb 2014
In Varanasi, we did no site-seeing. Instead, we spent many hours with foster daughter Sampa and her charming mother, Vimla, and John took a flute lesson.
Dawn at the Ganga in Varanasi: a pie-dog strolling on the accumulated river sediment.
We have seen the dawn here many times and it is always splendid.
What are those goats doing up there?
John's favorite observation spot.
View from the spot across Assi Ghat. Lots of sediment after the monsoon floods this year.
A nap on the ghat. Or is this home?
Cow, dog and garbage in the street.
Mother dog and her young brood.
Moving the dust around.
Tulsi Ghat looking towards Dashasvamedh Ghat.
Shopping in a mall with Sampa and Vimla.
Just like an Amerian or European girl.
Lunch at the food court.
A flute lesson
John and his flute master -- the flutist of Assi Ghat. We have met several times over the years.
Vimla teaching at Gangotri School -- now closed, since Spring, 2015, other schools having taken in the students.
Vimla, Siv and Sampa
John, Vimla and Sampa at Assi Ghat
Siv, Vimla and Sampa at Assi Ghat
Leaving polluted Varanasi.
Thank you! Sniff, anyway...
The new airport, apparently designed to waste a vast quantity of energy.