Bajars/Bazars, the traditional markets in India sprawl over large spaces with generally the traders selling same kinds of food stuffs sticking together, though not always. Though the cities house markets in ground floor buildings with stalls spilling over and around the market place, move a little away from the cities and you would find open air markets or at the most little shops created with bamboo and covered with jute and mat. Big cities generally have local markets and also food, clothes, jewellery, utensils, flower etc are sold in separate markets. But in villages generally one market has most of the stuff people need, and if they need something special they have travel to the nearest town to get it.
There are also occasional markets which happen once a week or month, these are called haat.
I love roaming around in the markets. The sighs, the sounds, the smells and the bargains. Ah yes the bargains. Do you know most Indians love a good bargain? The best way to buy stuff is to sit down and have a chat and then get down to the business of bargaining. Of course if it is an incredibly busy market or shop, the trader might not give you much time.
Now a days I have my camera with me, much to the amusement of the traders. I saw a few of them smiling in amusement at my clicking them. I wanted to tell them that with the rapid globalization the markets may one day soon be replaced by shopping complexes.
These photographs are taken in a market in Kolkata called the Lake Market.
|Betel Leaf which is used to make Paans|
|Ripe coconuts, the shells are cracked to extract the flesh which is used abundantly in Bengali cuisine, both savory and sweet.|
|Gur/jaggery stored in earthen pots|
|A typical Kolkata snack jhal muri-- puffed rice mixed with spices and coconut, onion, chilies, cucumber etc|