I've known my lovely boatman Hero ji for quite a while now and those of you who've visited me in Benares in the past will recognize him from our beautiful boat rides on the Ganga. Hero had a tumour in his stomach last year and had to sell his boat to pay for the surgery. It was a shock to see him when I visited Varanasi earlier this January. But he's back on track now and has bought a new 'old' boat!
The fun part is, that I've started painting his boat, with the hope that it would attract people and give him some business.