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...