Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pondy Bazaar


Side by Side

Pondy Bazaar in T.Nagar is one of the oldest shopping and business hubs in Chennai. It has been around for a long time, predating India's independence in 1947. Way back then it was the shopping hub for well-to-do Indian doctors, lawyers and businessmen who lived in the spacious bungalows in T.Nagar. Today, many of the bungalows are being transformed into multi-storied condos while Pondy Bazaar has become a microcosm of 21st century India where tradition and modernity comfortably coexist--slick department stores alongside hole in the wall shops, bicycles with motor cars, styrofoam plates with raw coconuts, pedestrians with jam packed buses...as a visual spectacle it will take the critical eye a long time to unpack. Take a look...





It may not seem like it these are thriving shops that have been around for a long time


Colorful!


Choices, choices




Home Decor Anyone?




 Chappals or Jewelry?!



Flowers!!!









21st century Chennai


Making a living

6 comments:

  1. I love the photos of the market, I would so like to stroll through it and buy lots of lovely fabric and jewellery. I'm lucky, living in Leicester as we have a big asian community so I have access to some things but would love to visit India one day, thanks for sharing these images :)

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  2. The colors in the market are such eye candy Indira, beautiful treasures. It must be fun to shop there!

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  3. Ooh, this looks like a very fun place to shop!!

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  4. I'd just go crazy there, with all the beautiful fabrics and jewelry. Looks great! Thanks for the eye dessert! {:-D

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  5. Love this, wish I could go for a stroll and shop!

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