Glimpses of Mumbai – Chor Bazaar

In the previous post, I mentioned about a trip to the Mumbai’s famous Chor Bazaar.

Alighting at the Sandhurst Road station, I took a taxi to Mutton St. And I officially arrived at the Chor Bazaar.
Some say, it was orginally Shor Bazaar, Shor meaning Noise in Hindi, and then slowly over time, and with influx of stolen goods available for sale, it got renamed to Chor Bazaar, thieves market. To me, it appeared to be more of a second hand market. From old furniture to a pair of walky talky, a little search can yield wonderful results. I arrived at the place at noon, a time when the bustle is at a minimum. I hopped from shop to shop, looking for  a very specific item. There are shops which sell old film cameras, SLRs, Projectors, vinyl records, typewriters. Shops selling lamps, from chandeliers to signalling lamps, everything is available. Clocks, table clocks or wall hanging ones, or if you fancy, the big grandfather ones, all are available, in different conditions, at different prices, and bargaining is rampant. This is a collector’s paradise. One must visit this place to take in the essence. Enough of the literature, let the photos speak now. Enjoy.

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I hope I have managed to entice you to take a trip to this part of the city. A word of caution, do exercise common sense in terms of how you dress and how you behave with people in the bazaar. Flaunting that you have deep pockets may not end on a happy note for you, and yes, dear photogs, who plan to go shoot here, ask for permission. If they say No, then respect it, do not try to be sly and take photos anyway. They may not be very happy about it.

Go on, search in the bazaar, am sure you ll find something that interest you.

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