Traditional Haat Bazaar in Ranchi: Never Vanishing, Ever Growing (Part-III)

A local market in the City of Ranchi, Jharkhand which is unique, one of its kind; a twice weekly gathering, which brings together the people and their exceptional merchandise from different small villages in the State. The source of livelihood for many, a family affair for few, now a part of everyday life of the people at Dhurwa, Ranchi.

Let’s peek into the Shalimar Bazaar in Ranchi.

Daily Commodities

Freshness, Locally Procured, Organic and Pure, Traditional, Seasonal, Pure Indulgence

Vegetables

Organic, Fresh, Seasonal, Variety, Reasonably Priced are how I would describe the vegetable market here.

Selling Vegetables

Shalimar is traditionally the place from where people shop for weddings and festivals especially when it comes to vegetables and fruits. It is locally very famous for this.

Lemons

This vendor who has fed and nourished his family of a wife, 4 sons and 3 daughters sells these juicy fruits at Rs.5 /2-3-4 pieces.

Selling Lemons

He respects his profession but has no successor for himself as his sons are all very well-educated (BCom, BCA).

Mangoes

Bainganfali, Mithua, Sindbhog were some of the varieties sold.

Selling Mangoes

Sourced from Harmu (a neighbouring place) Mandi (bazaar), these mangoes are a seasonal temptation. Priced at Rs. 35 – 40 /kg

Bangles

Beautiful Glass Bangles that show enhance the beauty of a woman is sold in this shop.

Selling Bangles

The lady who sells them hails from the most conservative family that I would ever know and would not even show her face. I see the purdah system prevalent even in the year 2013.

Seeds

Makai, Poi Saag, Bhindi, Farash Bean, KAreli, Kaddu, Palak, Muli are some of the seed varieties that the vendor named for me.

Selling Seeds

Perfect for a kitchen garden, the vendor sells them at Shalimar. Along with the seeds sachet of Rs. 20-30 /gms, he would also tell one how to plant them in the perfect way possible.

Bazaar Restaurant

It’s a mouth-watering experience to see the bazaar delicacies getting made in front of you.

Selling Yummies

There is aloo-chop, bread-chop. Pua, nimki, sev, kachri, pakora, balusahi and gopo (a delicacy which I totally enjoyed eating after years). The perfectly planned shop, which might not be very hygienic but the people had better immunity than me to digest it well.

Usha Kiran Barla

Usha Kiran Barla

Born and brought up in Bokaro Steel City, she is a graduate in Apparel Production from NIFT, Bangalore. She is currently pursuingpost graduation in Design for Retail Experience at NID, Bangalore.
Apart from studies, she likes cooking, photography and shopping.
Usha Kiran Barla
Usha Kiran Barla

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Born and brought up in Bokaro Steel City, she is a graduate in Apparel Production from NIFT, Bangalore. She is currently pursuing post graduation in Design for Retail Experience at NID, Bangalore. Apart from studies, she likes cooking, photography and shopping.

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