A lean young man who has opted for a life of chastity and abstinence; his back is turned away from the vices. He is lost in deep thought, perhaps introspecting the true meaning life. Life is not easy for young men who give up worldly joys and follow the rigorous path of spiritual enlightenment. Often, like the boy in the painting, there is a daily struggle to keep the mind free of temptations and retain focus! The red colour captures the passion that makes the protagonist forego pleasures of life to lead a simple and austere life as a path to enlightenment.