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Pruning the flower market

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An evening scene at the traditional Jambagh flower market, which was initially a part of the Moazzam Jahi Market, but shifted to the adjoining road. By default market places in India come with a lot of colours, vibrance textures, patterns and many a time chaos too. The empty baskets in the image perhaps indicate she had good business on the day. The mounds and swirls of flowers are sure to delight many a pedestrians and commuter around the corner

In the recent years the flower market has faced a double whammy – first due to the road widening activity in 2009, which forced many vendors to relocate to more commercial markets. Currently, the Jambagh flower market is undergoing yet another drastic change with the construction of the Hyderabad Metro pushing the vendors further into the narrow bylanes. One cannot help but wonder if the efforts in modernization cannot be achieved without causing far reaching consequences to existing heritage components(traditional bazaar in this case) of the city.

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Fresh water fish fried and sold as a delicious treat on the streets. The arrangement of the food is usually very important for the business

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Possibly the closest to Halloween Hyderabad can get?

With the Dusshera festival over recently, the streets were filled with pumpkins and seasonal flowers. Pumpkins are smashed during a ritual to ward off the evil spirits and prevent any mishap.

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Khandaani Ittar??

I passed by this shop a number of times always admiring those fancy bottles of different colours and shapes. This time I got off and asked Mr Hussain(in the picture) if people actually bought ittar in such fancy bottles or that much quantity(pointing the big blue bottles in the middle). He then informed me that they weren’t for sale and that they were a part of his forefathers’ merchandise, nearly 4 generations old.

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Mmmm…angoes

No talk of an Indian summer is ever complete without the mention of mangoes!! The streets are filled with them – footpaths lined with vendors, trucks from farm houses, bandiwalas on either side with cards scribbled with attractive prices.

I wonder if the summer Gods used mango as a bribe to make summers far more bearable?

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