Shopping in Bikaner’s bazaars, at night

bikaner-090109-0011Someone needs to send Wee Willie Winkie to put the people of Bikaner at bed on time. They simply don’t want to call it a day – keeping their bazaars bustling with activity till late into the night.

Not that travellers would complain. It just means more to do and see; beats retiring to the hotel early. So you have men getting a shave at ten in the night, while some others try out the traditional Rajasthani shoes or Kolhapuri Juttis. You could buy stone mortars and pestles in various shapes and sizes from a roadside vendor, or buy lingerie from a shop called Shanti (meaning peace, wonder where?). Another shop, Matching Point, promised to match silken laces with lingerine for women.

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You could check on ailing vessels at the Pressure Cooker Hospital. Located on a pavement, you can get your pressure cookers, cooking gas stoves, blenders and lighters repaired here. The proprietor will also exchange spoiled currency notes for a commission, or top up your mobile in case you need to call someone urgently with this discovery. Shops with shining stainless steel utensils make every day look like Dhanteras, a special day just before Diwali when most Hindus buy one for their home.

It was peculiar to note shops branded by the number of brothers owning them. You had ‘Shop of Three Brothers,’ ‘Pandit Harprasad and Sons, Brothers’ Shop,’ ‘Two Brothers Garment’ and so on. If you are planning to get married, there is all that a groom needs for his wedding day including make-up, dresses on hire and garlands made of real currency notes. With Rabdi Band available to play the music.

Beat this shopping therapy.

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