Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dying Markets


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Originally uploaded by lavannya.
Russel market and Shivajinagar is a large Market area full of so many things to sell. Its one place one can avail just about anything. Indian markets have always been a fancy with people abroad and a matter of pride for the Indians. Its sad how the supermarkets have taken over, and ironically how they are not so "super". There's no haggling anymore, no best prices, no choice for the consumer, no happiness of purchasing anymore, for that matter not as colorful either. Long walks down many streets and long mysterious searches for any particular item you want to buy has been taken over by these huge fabulous Malls... that to me are so cold, strange and colorless. These malls and supermarkets are supposed to stock up everything in one building and yet I dont find them as satisfying as these vibrant Markets.

Think of all these individuals who have been making their income via these markets selling their small goods for years and generations. These people shall soon be unemployed, and nothing saddens me more to know that We shall be responsible for that.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do check flower market..that huge & dirty building close to sunday market..

the view of the ground floor from top is just colourful..dull light inside..crowd..and so many flowers..!

REFLEX said...

true. Even the Big malls are buying from these farmers. If there is no mediators between big guys and the farmers, these farmers will be getting abetter price. I always like to buy the vegetables from the villagers than these big malls.

REFLEX said...

Needless to say that the Picture is too good.

paddy said...

in trademark paddyism : sophistication is the illness of progress.

Rajesh Dangi said...

Nice shot, good angle!

harty said...

But dont forget, the same ppl who will lose their business, either they or their children will get jobs in the the supermarkets. And we Indians will find a way of bringing colour to all those oh-so-sophisticated malls. Want a proof, visit BigBazaar on wednesdays or weekends.

Mardala said...

I grew up with small family owned grocers and now we have the biggest "super" markets. There is nothing great about them. In fact they are stressful. Nothing like a crowded super market crammed full of anxious people fighting their way out the door.

A real market is a way of life. Its interesting to see the cities in the US and Canada that are the best to live in usually have lots of locally owned markets and delis. They are much better to shop in. Screw those big chain stores. They destroy a way of life that has character and vitality. Not only that but the quality of food is not usually the best. Produce is not local but shipped across borders or from other states. Support your local market and farmers, you'll be thankful you did down the road.

rach said...

hi perspective - aka lavannya - thanks for visiting my site/blog... you've brought me back to bangalore with your blog... thank you! i volunteered there for a stint at an NGO in sahakaranagar a couple of years ago... good to see all these memories come back alive with your posts and pics... keep in touch outside of indianpoets - would love to hear from you! great work :)

tellme said...

Have just recently moved to India but find that you are quite right. Though I was initially in shock about the absence of one-stop-shopping, I am quite happy with the local block markets. It is like a throwback in time to shop in little neighborhood markets. C-block for the veggies, E-block for the cleaners, A-block for the tailor...more power to them all!