Thursday, April 27, 2017

Window shopping on the wheels, Mumbai - #AtoZChallenge

You may have visited many street bazaars and open-air markets but this one is unique. Mumbai is supposed to be one of the busiest cities in the world; people are running around the clock and hardly have any time for shopping. Taking this into account, shopping comes to you while you commute to work and back home. If you have ever travelled in a ladies' compartment on a Mumbai local train then you know what I am talking about (sorry men, there is no way you can experience this).

When I hated travelling in Local trains after first coming to Mumbai, the vendor selling plethora of knick-knacks and accessories used to be my attraction point. You will find everything from latest hair & fashion accessories to earrings, funky bracelets, anklets to nose rings and household items to quick snacks and seasonal fruits. You sit in one place (of course if you are lucky to have found a place) or stand and all those mobile stalls come by you, luring you to buy at least couple of their offerings for a very reasonable price.

Sometimes I wonder how difficult all those vendors' lives must be, moving from one crowded local train to another during sweltering summer and overpouring monsoon, trying to make their living off the meagre amount they must be making even after selling their whole lot. But one day I came across a lady greeting everyone on her way "Good morning!!!" while making way through the crowd with large piles of hair clips, hair bands and funky accessories in each of her hand. She was as cheerful as the dew on a morning bloom. Everyone in the compartment was worked up about some or the other thing about their life or the heat if not anything else. All of us were sitting with long faces brooding or complaining about something or other in life when we heard her greetings. Her spirits were so contagious that suddenly all our worries melted down and smiles erupted on all our faces. We all had certainly fewer worries than that lady and yet she was way happier than us in her life.

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  1. It has always been an attraction and sort of incentive to travel by local trains, I must say.

    Prasanna from Team Mocktailmommies

  2. Yeh...I too had my fair share of window shopping on the wheels. As a child,I used to travel from Dadar to Thane, Dombivali, Badlapur and Grant road with my mother to visit the near and dear ones. In those days, the compartments were relatively less crowded. And I always wished to see the vendors selling some or the other stuff. It was a great pleasure! Never knew in those days that it is "the" window shopping!
    Engaging article!
    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    Collage Of Life

  3. Mumbai local is a one-in-a-lifetime experience.

  4. I use to travel by train for college. So yes I enjoyed window shopping a lot. Thank you for sharing

  5. I've been to Mumbai very few times and always been enamoured by how different - fast, vibrant, cultural - it is compared to my own laidback city in Kerala.

    Window shopping there is an art in itself... not to mention bargaining which I am useless at.

    White House of Anaheim: A Tale of Kindness and Karma

  6. We do have window shopping on wheels in gents compartment but not much compare to what you describe. Good one. Keep it up