Bazaar Activities

At the Shop

At the Shop

I was first drawn to this man by his countenance: cheerful, positive, calm and self-contained. When I looked more closely at his surroundings, a tiny shop in the bazaar of a small Rajasthani village, it is only then that I noticed the shop was empty.

Maybe the shop has been in the family for many generations and the man in the photograph, now retired, comes to the shop out of habit. Whatever the circumstance, this man doesn’t consider that there is only a metal drinking cup and a few dusty old papers in the glass case in front of him.

I continue walking through the bazaar. Two women ahead catch my eye. I move closer to see what they are doing.

Bangle Maker with Customer

Bangle Maker with Customer

 

At first I think that they are gossiping and they could be but another activity is taking place. The woman in the pink sari is making a set of bangles, presumably for the woman in red. They smile at me and don’t object to my intrusion.

Busy At Work

Busy At Work

Indian women adore their bangle bracelets, especially Rajasthani women.. I’ve written about them before. Some larger towns have entire districts dedicated to the making and selling of bangles.

Applying the Beads

Applying the Beads

Here we see the maker applying small metallic beads around the bracelet.

Quality Control

Quality Control

All the while, the women continue chatting and I continue clicking. Life goes on unobstructed. The bangle maker checks her work for imperfections. I thank them for allowing me to capture a lovely moment in time as I continue searching for more bazaar activities.

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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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2 Responses to Bazaar Activities

  1. looneybitch says:

    I fear these people are probably a lot happier and more satisfied than we are. Why even the guy with the empty shop seems very happy with life! Satisfied with all that is necessary….

  2. ninagrandiose says:

    Yes, an astute observation; the more we have in the west, the more we want but real happiness eludes us.

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