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Rishad Daroo is a street photographer born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Now working for the Canadian Tourism Commission, Rishad shares his love of travel and imagery across all aspects of his career. Take a look at Rishad’s words and imagery from India below and stay tuned for another series with Rishad from Vietnam soon:

Although I’ve travelled to India several times before, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Ganges River and the sacred land of Varanasi. This city is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. I came here to capture a few portraits and create a short film with filmmaker Rohaan Daroo….who also required a visit to the hospital after a stray dog got the best of him (see below). The people of Varanasi and the local ‘Sadhus’ are the true soul of this city. Below are some images captured from my journey through Mumbai City and Varanasi.

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The vibrant colors of Mumbai.

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Friends

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The Bandra-Worli Sealink seen from Bandra.

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Abandoned vessels

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Canoes along the Ghats in Varanasi.

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Daily boat trips through the Ganges.

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Waiting for their next trip

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A Sadhu seated along the Kera Ghat

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Time for chai

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A stroll through the market. This man asked me to take his photograph which I gladly obliged.

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Daily practice along the River Ganga

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In search of light

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Toolbox

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A trip to a local hospital. Rohaan Daroo needs a rabies shot after being attacked and bitten by a stray dog. Not good….

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Prep work

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Rohaan Daroo gets his meds. Stray dogs are nothing to mess with in India.

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The log book

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Supplies

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Needle dispenser

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When providing the medication instructions there was a little bit of a language barrier. This took a while….

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A fresh shave: 8 Rupees

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Speaking with a local Sadhu. His eyes told most of the story.

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I really loved the raw vibrant colors of India.

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The only way to get around Varanasi is with one of these

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Taking a minute to review my shots. Photo by: Rohaan Daroo

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Delhi time zone. Time to go.

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Devoted Hindus bathing in the Ganga River. This practice is believed to purify their sins and cure illness.

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Shooting with photographer Jenny Friesen.

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In search of light in an abandoned cement yard.

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