Monday haat, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh
Okay, folks, we’re back in business! The Commonwealth Games are over, the weather’s getting cooler, and the street vendors are returning to the city in droves. This means that the outdoor Monday markets or haats – which take advantage of the shuttered storefronts – are back in full swing, including the mother of all Monday markets: Karol Bagh. Continue reading
I’ve already documented the difficulty of finding Monday events in Delhi. The day is marked by shuttered storefronts and closed museums. Still, I knew that street vendors took advantage of this lull, and – with a little sleuthing – I found out that one of Delhi’s biggest Monday markets takes place in Karol Bagh, not far from my flat. And to Karol Bagh I dutifully went today, camera in hand, only to find… nothing! The police had put the kibosh on the market, as part of the preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth games. (There was some last-minute construction going on, as the above photo shows.) Street vendors, apparently, don’t fit into the polished image of India the government is trying (unsuccessfully) to present for the games.
So back to the drawing board for Day 2 of our Week in Delhi.
It’s about time I put up my Monday entry for the “Week in Delhi” project. This is proving to be easier said than done, because Delhi largely shuts down on Monday. Most of the markets are closed, as are other promising destinations like museums, libraries and monuments. Continue reading
Sunday Book Market, Daryaganj
Unpacking your backpack upon arrival in Delhi, did you break into a cold sweat, realizing that you’d left your copy of “World’s Very Best SMS Jokes” at home? Worry not – spend your first day in Delhi visiting the Daryaganj Kitab Bazaar (Book Market), and find not just SMS jokes but a delightfully eclectic assortment of secondhand books, from anthologies of gay Indian literature to cookbooks to business school textbooks. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, Daryaganj’s Sunday Book Market is “India’s largest platform market for magazines and second hand books.” Take that, Bombay booksellers! Continue reading