Kolkata (pt. 2)

The markets in India are almost always my favorite places to visit. Life and death can be found in exuberance. The flowers, sold new each morning, sing of life. People smile and joke as they work and converse about daily life over a cup of tea. In Kolkata’s Hogg market, well-adapted rats scurry out into plain view, grabbing discarded pieces of meat and fearlessly gnaw into what they can. There is no shortage of food. Crows caw as they wait for their opportunity to swoop in for a morsel. One crow (seemingly deliberately) dropped a piece of meat on my head from a line strung across the walkway. Blood pools onto the walkway and into the gutters from the cutting boards. It is a health-code-enforcer’s worst nightmare. For someone from a sterilized and compartmentalized culture (such as me from the USA) there is never a dull moment. A person will not only find colorful foods and goods but some of the most colorful people as well. 

Here are some photos from my morning stroll through the Jodhpur Market:

 

A boy mounting his bicycle with tied live chickens
A boy mounting his bicycle with tied live chickens

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And the goat's head
And the goat’s head
A skinned goat
A skinned goat

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A man and his giant fish for sale
A man and his giant fish for sale
A timid cat sneaking around the market
A timid cat sneaking around the market
Fish of different size and shape
Fish of different size and shape
Slicing the fish
Slicing the fish

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Picking something out of the fishheads
Picking something out of the fishheads

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An empty weight scale
An empty weight scale

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A man placing banana leaves down on the ground at his square of the market
A man placing banana leaves down on the ground at his square of the market

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A man and his puppy
A man and his puppy

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Fish and a counterweight
Fish and a counterweight

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Trays to hold fish resting in banana leaves
Trays to hold fish resting in banana leaves
Slicing the fish in half
Slicing the fish in half
Organizing the vegetables
Organizing the vegetables
Morning cup of Cha
Morning cup of Cha
Fish for sale
Fish for sale
A woman selling the fruit
A woman selling the fruit
Cutting open the fruit to showcase its quality
Cutting open the fruit to showcase its quality
The vegetable sales man
The vegetable sales man

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Veggies
Veggies
A man wearing traditional Dhoti or Pancha for leg coverings
A man wearing traditional Dhoti or Pancha for leg coverings
A mother carrying her boy to school
A mother carrying her boy to school

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Weighing scales for fruit
Weighing scales for fruit
A man selling flowers
A man selling flowers

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A woman with some thread for strings of flower
A woman with some thread for strings of flower
A elderly woman and her daughter selling flowers
A elderly woman and her daughter selling flowers

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