PAN­DORA’S BOX

Jum­merat Bazaar

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Jum­mer­aat, which lit­er­ally means the eve of Fri­day, is the name given to this flea mar­ket that is set up ev­ery Thurs­day near the Mus­lim Jung bridge area near Begum Bazaar. This one be­gins just be­fore sun­rise and some stuff here is said to be stolen ware, which is why the mar­ket is in­for­mally also called Chor Bazaar. There is no limit to what you might find here—from im­i­ta­tion jew­ellery to a whole cricket set that you can pick out for Rs 60. Torches, ta­ble ware, nails and ham­mers, new and sec­ond hand cy­cles, new and mostly sec­ond hand cloth­ing; there’s a whole world out here. Find yourself fum­bling with a coin sup­pos­edly from the late 1800s, which you can pick up for Rs 30 and mis­shapen square heavy metal pieces with in­scrip­tions that the seller will pass off as be­long­ing to Tipu Sul­tan’s time. Don’t be fooled by the sto­ries they tell you, these are mere hard-sell­ing tac­tics.

Pho­to­graph by HAR­SHA VAD­LA­MANI

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