After shifting to Mumbai…and taking an inordinate amount of time to settle down…I made my first trip to one of my favouritest places in Mumbai…Crawford Market…Crawford Market or Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai as it is now called is one of South Mumbai’s most famous markets. It is named after Arthur Crawford the first Municipal Commissioner of the city. The market is situated opposite the Mumbai Police headquarters, just north of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and west of the J.J Flyover at a busy intersection. The market houses a wholesale fruit, vegetable and poultry market. One end of the market is a pet store. Different varieties of dogs, cats, and birds can be found in this area. Also, endangered species are illegally sold there. Most of the sellers inside the market sell imported items such as foods, cosmetics, household and gift items. Other than the old building completed in 1869, Crawford Market as a name has come to also refers to the shopping areas in the streets that adjoins it.
I have many of my favourite shops here including Aarif where I buy all my baking supplies, there is the labyrinthine Mangaldas Market for all this cloth related and the various nooks and crannies where various surprises are to be found…in no particular order these are my pictures of my trip to crawford…
Bhagat Tarachand is an old vegetarian eatery located in the innards of Zaveri Bazaar…know for their delicious food one must be aware that there are 2 establishments with the same name (I think this may be caused by some family feud but the details evade me). They have soft melt in you mouth rotis served with a huge pat of Amul Butter and best eaten with their Paneer Bhurji and Dal Tadka…
Of course the reason I like Bhagat Tarachand is the fact that they serve buttermilk in beer bottles!!!!
You get both the masala as well as the sweet version…here I am seen guzzling the the masala chaas 🙂
We had gone to Crawford looking for gifts to be given out during an anniversary celebration…this was outside one of the shops we visited…I believe it is used for wedding gifting…hmmmm
This sweet looking goat was tethered to a wall near a shop…most probably being fattened up for the slaughter 😦
There is a lane in off Zaveri Bazaar where one can buy any kind of decoration one would require, from birthday’s to weddings to Christmas and New Year…its a colourful and fascinating street.
These plastic lotuses were stacked in piles at the entrance of the shop we finally picked up ours gifts from…
All that walking around and shopping got up really tired and we had a refresher in this yummy drink that was sold by a wayside vendor…it was some sort of flavored milk, chilled and served with fine julienne s of apple….very refreshing and yummy
This was the man selling the drink…he was really sweet but wouldn’t tell us what he put in it… 🙂
just thought this dog was so cute…the guys at the back were seriously perplexed as to why I was photographing the dog!!!
The sky was criss-crossed with innumerable cables going from one building to another…these provided great perches for the equally innumerable pigeons.
This is one of my favorite photographs of that trip…I found this on the wall of a shop selling all things fishing…the old man was so averse to being a part of the frame that he left the shop and told me to take the photograph…:-D