Skip to main content

Featured Post

2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

APMC Market, Vashi

The APMC Market at Vashi (the wholesale grain and vegetable market for the city) is a veritable haven for photographers..... the masses of vegetables, fruits and grains which make their way in and out of the market, and the people who make it possible, both offer unlimited opportunities for anyone with a camera. I always think of taking along my camera when I go there, but inevitably, I forget. Well, this time, I did remember, and carried it along.....

When I asked the shopkeepers for permission to shoot, they smiled at me indulgently and said, "Behenji, sabhi yahi poochtein hain!" ("Madam, everyone asks the same question!") They are so used to it that not one person looked up from his work as I clicked away..... As it happened, only some of the photos I took turned out to be good, considering the hurry we were in.....But here are some of them which will give you an idea of the place....

Rice piled up......

Grains of all colours....

chillies galore... and the busy market ...

Onions.. so many of them....

Only onions and potatoes here.....


  1. nice one, Anu! when I lived in Sanpada, we used to head there through the summer for mangoes - superb quality and at wholesale prices...

  2. Those grains in the bowl are quite eye catching.

  3. Aah what a delight to eyes.

    I also liked the grains in bowls photo.

  4. @Charu: thanks....we are thinking of going there for mangoes this year... cant wait to see that part of the market!!! and i just saw your Gandhi bazaar post..... markets are really fascinating, arent they????

    @Mruidula: absolutely! to think that we eat so many colours... no wonder our food is colourful too....

    @Shilpa: hey, im sure there is something similar there too... after all, they are basically foodstuffs!

    @Nisha : thanks..... that was the most colourful and interesting one...

  5. very sadly no anu... Indian foodstuffs we have to order from Tokyo and Vegatables are available but not in large scale like this.... or atleast I have not seen them for the past 3 sabzi mandi... we cant even bargain... :(

  6. @Shilpa: thats so sad.... our sabzi mandis are really interesting places.... come back soon here:)

  7. Seems to be a neat market. Superb photos!!!

  8. Hi Anu
    I took a short break , Feel nice to be back. Nice photos there. I liked the array of grains.

  9. It was so nice of you to ask them before clicking. You've got great takes Anu!

    And yes, with reference to your comment on my post named Awesome caves, fantastic caves, amazing caves, spectacular caves, but all natural ones, it was so great to know that such natural caves are there in India too. Can you tell me where exactly Patal Bhuvaneshwar is? I'm mad to see it now :)

  10. hiii this is kunal ,i want detail info abt d market pls help me

  11. @Kunal: i am not an expert on this market, just an itinerant visitor... of course will be happy to share what info i have... send me a mail with the info u need....

  12. HI Anu,
    I am doing a project on how middle men are clogging up the distribution channel..
    Can i use the first two pictures from this post in my report ?

  13. @Alpha seekers test: Yes, you can use them, though I wonder if they would be the appropriate ones.. If it is going to be a public report, please just mention my name for photo credit,

  14. This is also called the Kanda-Batata market.

    @Alphaseekerstest - I am not sure whether you are planning to mention APMC in your report. But just thought of dropping a line here..These are established by the state goverments to facilitate the farmers to get reasonable price for their produce.Another of this type is "Rythu Bazaar" in hyd..

  15.  but there is no pics of vegetable  market ......

  16. didnt go to the vegetable market.. just the onion and potatoes market, whcih is separate

  17. Are I Love Going In APMC Market

  18. an architecture student n i hv taken my thesis topic as redevelopment of byculla as a case study i wanted to do a case study of apmc market vashi...could u help me out plzz

    1. hiiii I have taken apmc redevelopment as my thesis topic...wud like to discuss wid u reply


Post a Comment

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please leave a comment for me so that I will know you have been here....

Popular posts from this blog

Gokarna Part II – The Five Lingams

We continued our Gokarna trip by visiting four other Shiva temples in the vicinity, all connected to the same story of Gokarna. The story of Gokarna mentions the Mahabaleshwara Lingam as the one brought from Kailas by Ravana, and kept at this place on the ground by Ganesha. (See my earlier post- Gokarna – Pilgrimage and Pleasure). However, the story does not end here. It is believed that, in his anger, Ravana flung aside the materials which covered the lingam- the casket, its lid, the string around the lingam, and the cloth covering it. All these items became lingams as soon as they touched the ground. These four lingams, along with the main Mahabaleshwara lingam are collectively called the ‘ Panchalingams’ . These are: Mahabaleshwara – the main lingam Sajjeshwar – the casket carrying the lingam. This temple is about 35 Kms from Karwar, and is a 2 hour drive from Gokarna. Dhareshwar – the string covering the lingam. This temple is on NH17, about 45 Kms south of Gokarna. Gunavanteshw

Rama Temple, Gokarna

To my right , the waves rush to the shore, eager to merge with the sand. To my left, the same waves crash against the rocks, their spray diverting my reverie as I ponder over the beauty of nature, and wonder what first brought people here. Was it this beauty that encouraged them to build a temple here, or was it the fresh, sweet spring water flowing from the hill here that made this place special? No matter what the reason, I am glad my auto driver brought me here. We are at the Rama temple in Gokarna, just a few minutes away from the Mahabaleshwara Temple, yet offering so different a perspective.

Review of Executive Lounges at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS)

During my recent trip to Uttarakhand , I was faced with a problem I had never encountered before. We were passing through Delhi, but we had hardly any time in the city. On earlier visits when I have had to change trains/flights at Delhi, I have always arrived in the morning and left again at night, visiting relatives in between. This time, I was arriving in the city at night, and leaving again early in the morning. There was hardly any time to visit people. I would only have a couple of hours with them before I’d have to leave again. For the first time, we considered booking a hotel, but there again, we were hesitant about the actual hotels, the costs involved, and the logistics of getting from the airport to the railway station and then back again from the station to the airport.  That’s when we remembered reading something about a corporate-managed lounge at Delhi station. We soon figured out that we could book online and pay by the hour. Besides, we also learnt that there wasn’t ju