Dolalghat, Nepal — I was taking a few photos of this extraordinary Nepalese gentleman, with his permission, when suddenly my bus was boarding to leave. I gave him my Pepsi and took one last shot. Of course, the last one was the best. When I processed the photo, I let it go a bit soft to suggest mystery.
He is a “Sadhu,” a Hindu ascetic somewhat akin to a Yogi. The word literally means “good man” in Hindi. He seeks a final stage of enlightenment by renouncing materialism and living in the wilderness on donated food. There are several million roaming India and Nepal. In warmer climates many go naked, but in the mountains they put together elaborate robes of red, gray and saffron. Sadhus use marijuana liberally in their practice, because the god Shiva was said to take a hit now and then. (Price Schedule G)