Kapoors Year 1: India/S.E. Asia travel blog

Colourful Powders For Indian Arts, Crafts And Festivals

Matching Center - For Buying Fabric To Sew A Blouse To Match...

Large Copper Pots For Water And Cooking

Bangles To Match Your Outfit

Bananas - In Bulk!

Banana Leaves For Sale - To Use As Plates For Eating

Sugarcane "Jaggery" (Sugar) For Sale In The Market

Perfumed Oils

Roses, Marigolds And Malas (Garlands) Already Made

Fresh Flower Garlands - So Colourful And Fragrant

Fresh Pan Leaves - These Leaves Are Wrapped Around An Assortment Of...

Vegetables Arranged For Sale

Curry Leaves - An Important Ingredient In South Indian Cooking

Dried Chili Peppers

Assorted Squashes!

The Long Vegetables In The Back Are Called Drumsticks

Colourful Leafy Greens

The "Gates" Into The Market - Designed To Keep Out The Cows!

Plastics Of Every Shape And Colour

Colourful Woven Plastic Carrybags

Utensils For Cutting And Grating Fresh Coconuts

Pomegranates On Display

Yum! Yum! Fresh Limes

Festival Decorations

Newspapers From All Over India

More Decorations For Sale - These Make The Crowded Streets More Colourful

This Man Goes From Vendor To Vendor With His Holy Incense Burner


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KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

The Devaraja market in Mysore is considered to be one of the most colourful markets in all of India. I hope that the photos that I took help to convince you that this is indeed the case. It was a feast for the eyes, so much so that I decided to give the market its own journal entry.

The two most unusual things that I saw in the market were the piles and piles of jaggery - made from sugarcane. The shopkeeper told me these unusual blocks were honey, but I later learned that it is the sugar produced from cane that is used in a lot of sweet and savory Karnataka cookery. I loved the different shades that are produced and they just ask to be photographed.

The other very unusual site was the man walking through the market with an incense burner filled with glowing coals. He would stop at many of the stalls and when asked, could add some amber-looking rocks to the burner. The incense would puff and smoke and the man would bless the fortunes of the shop, all for a few rupees changing hands.

We first walked through the market in the early morning when the produce was just arriving but found the market still bustling at the end of the day when we returned for a second look. The fruits and vegetables vendors were almost done for the day, but the flower sellers were doing a brisk business. To think that this place is such a hive of activity 365 days per year...

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