Manoeuvring a Mumbai Market

Image                                    Going to shop
                                        in a bustling marketplace
                                           is a lot like going to war…
 
                                       You won’t get what you want
                                           without a scrape or fight..
        But,
it is entertaining,
even humorous..
in hindsight!
                                                                                         

Hawkers on your left,

Hawkers on your right,

Poor old footpaths..

nowhere in sight!

Ever swelling crowds,

spilling on to the roads,

Remember to look down,

lest you step on someone’s toes!

You can’t stop to look,

coz nobody ever does,

the minute you do,

you will be pushed & shoved

or worse!

Keep your eyes open,

& hands on your sides,

let your guard down for once,

& you will lose your purse’s insides!

Learn how to bargain,

it will do you a lot of good,

Treat it as a joke,

& you will be duped for good!

Never bring your car,

that’s the worst thing you can do!,

there’s no place on the roads,

even for people and their shoes!

Your shopping’s never complete,

without the final act,

between the hucksters and policemen,

so grab a popcorn pack!

A hawker eyes a van,

from the corner of his eye,

& within a minute or two,

they all disappear like flies!

Of course it’s an eyewash,

to show that the roads are cleaned

of pedlars and purveyors

 but it’s settled…

behind the scenes!

                                                                                           bustling: excited activity; noisy
                  hindsight: Insight into the nature and difficulties of a situation after the event 
huckster: aggressive salesman, esp. one having a flamboyant manner
pedlar: To travel about selling small wares
purveyor: one who furnishes or provides
 
 
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About Apurva

Graphic Designer by profession and passionate vegan by choice. I love sketching, reading, dancing, writing and of course designing, mostly infographics.

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