of the most interesting aspects of travel in India is a bustling bazaar
in the old area of any
city. These bazaars are full of enchanting
you would have never experienced.
The most amazing thing of these bazaars is freely roaming animals
buffalos, dogs,monkeys, and pigs. And it is not surprising if these wild
policemen (they do not harm) block your way, while you wander through the
lanes of these bazaars. Wait till a cow or buffalo give you the
way. In the mean time probably a monkey can draw your attention by his
Escrem wala... escrem wala! Can you hear a sound? Look at the corner;
ice cream seller with his white decorated cart, calling his customers.
Mostly school children returning to their homes flock around the cart for ice creams. In an Indian bazaar you can see several
street vendors, selling everything from stocks and shares
to replacement tooth! The ones
||you'll see most often are Mochis
(shoe-repair wallas) and Naees (pavementbarbers), whose tools of
the trade may be nothing more than a razor, scissors and the all important
mirror for the customers to admire themselves in.
The pavement dentist
often has an impressive display of dentures and teeth, and an array of
implements straight out of Middle Ages. Ear cleaners also ply their
trade on the streets, and are easily recognized by their small red turbans,
into which they stick their various pricks & prods.
there are the unemployed, selling various items on commission from
You might see a boy trying to sell half a dozen pairs of black socks,
another with pens, padlocks, Ayurvedic medicines, magazines, or cheap
and nasty plastic toys. These very cheap items would definitely invoke
you to think, as to how these boys make money at all!
passing through the bazaar, green fresh vegetables would
tempt you to take a snap. In a small shop (25-30 sq. ft area), it is
amazing to notice as to how all varieties of fresh vegetables are
wonderfully displayed. At the same time you might also see small outlets
selling colourful fresh flowers, used as offerings in the temples.
but not the least is
Halwai ki Dukan (Snacks shops) is a very common and most
interesting feature of Indian bazaars. These shops sell a huge variety of
Indian snacks such as
| Samosas, Kachoris, Baeraee, and Dahi
Bare... and are always surrounded by the crowd, relishing the taste of
these snacks. Isn't it yummy!