One of my oldest friends, Tanaya is in town for her internship, and from the day she saw my post on the Chor Bazaar of Mumbai, last year, she wanted to go.
So, after loads of requests and tantrums, we went! She was besides herself and got herself a pretty hourglass and a compass. What mattered the most was that we got some photos, of which we would definitely be proud of.
The thing about the Mumbai Chor Bazaar is that, more than smuggled goods, you can find old and used goods or very accurate copies. You may have a vintage typewriter and may have damaged a key, head over here, and you shall definitely find a replacement.
Shops sell all kinds of stuffs! Whistles, bells, wheels, timepieces, clocks, watches, etc.
There’s one particular shop on the Mutton Street which has a collection of vintage cameras. No guarantees on the working conditions, but, amazingly mesmerizing collections. The dual lens reflex ones, old generations of SLRs, video cameras galore the shelves, and lenses. Manual prime and zoom lenses of varied focal lengths. Most shall invariably be damaged or dirtied beyond usable condition, but they look damn pretty! No doubts there!
The above photos struck me as a time lapse of sorts! One can spot walkmans, old dvds, a portable TV, and also Playstations and digital cameras! This is what I love about the chor bazaar, the sheer diversity of merchandise up for sale.
The following photo was taken last year:
And this one, this year!
Not a lot has changed I believe.
Like I said last year, If you come to Mumbai, and want to get yourself some antique stuffs, the Chor Bazaar on Mutton Street, Mumbai is the place to be. Have a list of things that you are looking for, or else, you might return spending way more than you planned, and have you craving for more.
Until the next time.
Take care all.