Kitni Haseen (How Beautiful)
This young lady came to the flower market which is located in the chowk of Varanasi (Benaras) where I always enjoy to take pictures.
She looks exhausted because of the unbearable heat that we had to bear that day.
Inside the courtyard prevailed a scent of flowers moisterizing the atmosphere.
I thought that she was beautiful and I took a few pictures of her.
She was shy and she pretended that she didn’t see me but she was smiling sometimes and she let her veil come to her shoulders as if she wanted me to capture her youth forever.
When she understood that I had finished taking her portrait she covered her head in order to respect the traditions followed by Muslim ladies in the oldest living city in the world.
As she was certainly not alone I didn’t speak to her nor I shown her the pictures, we only smiled at each other and I left.
I selected this shot because it is really showing the spirit of that moment and I wanted to associate it to “Maula Mere Maula” which is a beautiful song from the Movie “Anwar” from which this picture could have been taken.
Lyrics and English translation:
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