Love to go to the market. I remember the days when I used to go to the Byculla wholesale vegetable market with my dad. You can’t buy anything less than 5 kg in the mornings and in the evenings it was 2.5 kg minimum. (now that market has been shifted to Vashi in Navi Mumbai )
One can imagine how the markets were about a century ago. It must have been more of a barter. This is an old market scene at Shaniwar wada.
Down south if you go to the market you will get a view like this:
Now a days I go to the open market here in Pune (with my camera)
There is no saying what opportunities come up. Like I realized that dogs like to go to the market. I mean which dog won’t like it if it is going to be carried around.
Or if it is the mango season, it is nice to see raw mangoes being cut for pickle.
The sight of fresh Ginger and Garlic is something that cannot be missed:
Apart from buying fresh vegetables and fruits, it is interesting to observe the customers who haggle with the shop keepers. And there are some customers who have their fixed shopkeepers. Like we know one guy whom we call “Lord of the Rings”
Yes he is a vegetable seller and he has some items which is not kept by other shop keepers like Chena (Yam) Chembu (Colocasia/Taro) etc.
So when wifey hands me the list of things that I have to buy, she adds “and buy the chena from the Lord of the Rings”
In fact it was I who christened this guy as “The Lord of the Rings” because he was covered from head to toe with gold ornaments.
(click on the above picture to see the chunks of chain that he is wearing, along with his earing)
And all his fingers had rings. It was with great difficulty that I managed to click his photograph, because I had no idea how he would react to being clicked. So I pretended that I was clicking the tomatoes and took a long shot and later zoomed in and cropped the part showing his rings.
I have this habit of taking prints and giving them a copy of the print. It is worth it to see the smile on their face when they see themselves in print. Like this one that I took
and then in the next week I handed over a print to the lady who was in the forefront of the picture. She could not believe that she was the one in the print,
and she handed it over to her colleague who was all smiles on seeing the picture. Meanwhile our lady here was dying of embarrassment. May be she has never been clicked at her workplace.
Then there was this vegetable seller who said “why don’t you click me” So I did just that, which looked like this:
So I did some cleaning up of his stall to make his surrounding look respectable and came up with this:
Two weeks later I handed him that print and this is how he reacted.
Then he wanted me to click him with the picture in his hand !!
But I have yet to hand over the picture of the “Lord of the Rings” (like I said he is very burly and I am wary of his reaction)
By the way I Googled for marketplace and came up with my own picture which I clicked about 4 years ago.