EXPLORING MY CITY
India is a colorful country. One encounters novel situations at every step. It has uncertainties galore. On rare occasions there are unexpected 'good luck' moments, too. When one steps out, one braces up with a prayer on the lips to be able to face any challenge.
In such a diverse country like ours, one wonders at the entrepreneurial skills of even completely uneducated people living in one room tenements.
Last week I happen to visit an open air market which is a cheap replica of 'Flea Markets' in the West. Mostly operating on weekends. This one is held in a large open ground in the midst of a thickly populated area, on every Saturday. The said ground is divided into three parts. One for vegetables and fruits, the second for hot snacks, cooked on the top of hand driven carts with gas cylinder tucked under the cart. The third one near the road displays the ready-made stuff for the whole family (the picture above).The garments on display are of cheap quality but the manufacturers have mastered the art of copying the designs of famous brands. The children of lower middle class families wear these clothes, and from a distance they look no different from a child belonging to an upper economic class.
IN FACT there is a textile revolution in India. Dresses which last long are available at unbelievably cheap rates. Most of the people barring very poor, can afford to buy them and they look like new after every wash. Apart from that, shoes, bedsheets, towels and a lot more stuff is always up for sale.
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