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Posts tagged “Shopping

Draped

My dining room curtains were not fit for purpose.
They were intended for neither the room nor the house in which they hang.

Last week the drapes were formally retired, along with their ugly metal supporting rail.
Yesterday my carpenter fitted a new wooden curtain pole.

Today we hired an auto-rickshaw, braved the monsoon, and hit the mainland in search of textiles.

My upholsterer hopes to have the new curtains in place by Monday..
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Pictures taken in the fabrics department of Kalyan Silks, one of Cochin’s biggest textile stores.

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Sunday Evening Calls

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Picture of a corner-shop, taken in Pattalam, Fort Cochin


Aspiring To Altitude: Base-Camp Logistics

Chandni Chowk market, Delhi.


Open All hours

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And ready for business.
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Broadway Calls Again!

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The lure of Broadway is undeniable.

This time, for something called a “chappati cutting board”.

Although not having a clue what it is, I am certainly not going to argue if Dalila says we need one!

The shop in Broadway is filled to capacity with various kitchen utensils including, it seems, an appropriate chappati cutting board.


We make our purchase and then,

Passing all manner of imponderable wares,

Head back to our taxi.

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Just a few hours later Anu, my trusty houseboy, is using the new chappati cutting board to prepare our supper.

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Shopping For Shoes

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My sister is shopping for shoes.

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Not for herself

But for her four lovely daughters.

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Perhaps to the relief of my brother-in-law,

This time, her shopping list does not include shoes for all ten of their grandchildren.

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Dawn Traders

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Shops and road-side cafés in India are open for long hours.

By half past six in the morning – as dawn breaks – they are already busy.

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By seven o’clock,

Business is solar-powered.

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On Broadway

Broadway calls me.

Broadway, Cochin – that is.

 

Having crossed the water we arrive at the Ernakulam jetty,

 

Then take the short auto-rickshaw ride to Broadway.

 

I want to buy Christmas cards.  Anu needs an apron.

We enter one of the many narrow-fronted shops.

Anu completes his purchase.

Slowly we negotiate our way down congested Broadway to buy my cards.

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The return ferry does not leave for another thirty minutes. We have ample time to walk back to the jetty.

Shops and godowns line our Broadway route. Spices, metal-ware, Christmas decorations and almost everything one could wish to buy all jostle for my attention.

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“if you ask for a bat, or for something like that, he has got it what ever the size is.”  A. A. Milne.

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Another Broadway spectacular.