July 23, 2012

If only a penny could make you rich

It's not apparent but this elderly person makes a living by begging for money around Swayambhu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
As I was making my way up to the temple, I noticed this old man with few coins on his left hand. With his right hand, he was trying to count how many coins he had in the other hand. It's one of those sights which makes you feel sad.
I walked up to him, gave him some money, and asked him if I could click his photo. Without hesitation he positioned himself for a pose. I went on clicking few shots, and through the lens saw this sadness on his face which has been frozen in time.
I wish he had smiled instead.

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