Photographer's Note

The river Yamuna, which flows through India's capital, Delhi is one of the nation's holiest rivers. In a country where rivers are worshiped, the Yamuna comes second only to the Ganga in terms of its religious importance to Hindus.

The river travels nearly 1400 kilometres from its source in the Himalayas to its ultimate merger with the Ganga. For most part, this is a reasonably clean river, but near Delhi, water from no less than 15 drains pours into it turning it into a virtual cesspool.

It doesn't stop thousands of people from relying on it...these is one of the houses on the banks of the Yamuna - the Ghats just opposite the Red Fort. Whereas in most countries, a house overlooking the river would be a prized possession, here living on the water brings many problems - the smell, the fear of floods during the monsoons, mosquitoes that cause malaria and dengue and just the general unpleasantness of living next to a drain.

This house though has some beauty, with its unique blue and the eye-catching pieces of women's clothing drying just outside.

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