A slight show of Pakistani street’s bazaar

The shops in the bazaar are, as rule of the simple nature, an archway, booth a hole in a wall. Upon a low platform the trader spreads his wares, crouches beside them and waits for customers. When we leisurely walk along a row of shops and see what they have for sale. The first shop has a crowd of customers for it is confectioner’s and the Muslims, big or little, old or young, has a very sweet tooth, a liking for sweet things. The confectioner spreads his tiers of shelves or on a counter made of dried mud and rising in steps, and at the back of his shop is a sugar boiling heater, where he is busy on fresh supplies, pulling candy or making cakes of butter, fried in butter. He sells toffee covered with silver-leaf, candy flavored with spices, and many kinds of a sweet called laddu, made of sugar and curded milk.

Opposite the confectioners is the flour seller and he too, is a very busy man, far from his stall the every day wants of the people are satisfied. Great numbers of Muslims seldom touch meat, and the grain seller furnishes the whole of their food. He has a great number of basket and these are piled high with barely, wheat, lentils, flour, sugar, peas, rice, potatoes, nuts, dried fruits, and the like. He also sells ghee and sour milk. He has a big pair of scales to weight out his flour, sugar, peas or whatever may be called for but no bags to pack them in; he leaves that to the customers. One brings a cloth, another a basin,     

 another brass ewer for milk. Many have nothing and they carry away their purchases in their hands, or if that be impossible, flour is poured into the corner of a shawl or the fold of a robe. One man unwraps his turban and knots his purchases into various corners of its, twists it into shape again and goes off with his days supply on his head. Butter and milk are carried away in a green leaf dexterously twisted into the form of a cup.

Here we struck at once to note the colours which enliven every street scene in Pakistan. The people wear robes of every shade, and turbans and caps of hue-black, white, red, green, Yellow, purple, pink and every colour of rainbow and a hundred shades of every colour meet and mingle as the crowd flow to and fro.

  By Rehana khan(111/10)


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