Pushcarts Everywhere

Two Men on a Pushcart

Two Men on a Pushcart

Pushcarts are so ubiquitous in India that it doesn’t take very long for them to become so common place that you hardly notice them. On their own they are quite unassuming, like tables with a molding on big wheels.  Yet they play an essential role in the day to day lives of the ordinary person.

In residential neighborhoods all over India, vendors pass through proclaiming their arrival in a distinct and memorable nasal twang and sing-song voice. Each vendor has his own signature “tune” that the locals can easily recognize. Historically, women in north India hardly left their homes due to the constraints of purdah. This helped to encourage the popularity of itinerant vendors. The use of pushcarts continues today.

What's for Lunch?

What’s for Lunch?

Sometimes these carts transport goods and even people, though this isn’t as common as it once was.

Cat Nap on a Pushcart

Cat Nap on a Pushcart

Some entrepreneurs have become very creative with their pushcarts, devising all sorts of additions. Pushcarts are economical and have a low impact on the environment, too. In the west, it is easy to forget that they are literally pushed and don’t require any fuel.

Cold Drinks Pushcart

Cold Drinks Pushcart

But mostly the locals and visitors alike, hardly notice the presence of pushcarts. They fade into the scenery but they are everywhere.

Market Place with Pushcart

Market Place with Pushcart

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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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6 Responses to Pushcarts Everywhere

  1. Lovely post – I will pay extra attention to them as I pass through the streets today.

  2. josna says:

    Such open faces. A testament to your respectful approach. Now I am feeling homesick–when can I take to the road, with all my possessions on a pushcart?

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Chelo, Josna! As long as you leave the car and microwave behind, I’ll push you around…

      • josna says:

        Ahh, that is so tempting! I feel so tied down right now, but am sure the day will come when I can get out on the open road again. In the meantime there is your example, and your blog. Thank you, Josna

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