In this hundred and seventeenth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we are visiting and learning about the marketplaces in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Markets have existed for as long as humans have engaged in trade and in this photograph of a marketplace some men carrying baskets on top of their heads in India. The baskets are most likely filled with vegetables and India produces some of the best vegetarian food you will find anywhere in the world. However, there is little understanding of veganism and the term 'pure vegetarian' means without eggs and animal products such as milk, butter ghee and curd are included in most Indian dishes.
Markets have existed for as long as humans have engaged in trade and in this photograph of a marketplace some men carrying baskets on top of their heads in India. The baskets are most likely filled with vegetables and India produces some of the best vegetarian food you will find anywhere in the world. However, there is little understanding of veganism and the term 'Pure vegetarian' means without eggs and animal products such as milk, butter ghee and curd are included in most Indian dishes.

Marketplaces in India

A market or marketplace, is a location where people regularly go to gather for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock and other goods. In different parts of the world, a marketplace may be described as a bazaar. Some markets operate daily and are said to be permanent markets while others are held once a week or on less frequent specified days such as festival days and are said to be periodic markets.

Many types of markets
The form that a market adopts depends on its locality's population, culture, ambient and geographic conditions. The term market covers many types of trading, as market squares, market halls and food halls and their different varieties. Due to this, marketplaces can be situated both outdoors and indoors and in the modern world, online. Around the globe, markets have evolved in different ways depending on local ambient conditions, especially weather, tradition and culture. In some marketplaces the markets tend to be covered, to protect traders and shoppers from the sun. In milder climates, markets are often open air. In Asia, a system of morning markets trading in fresh produce and night markets trading in non-perishables is common. In many countries, shopping at a local market is a standard feature of daily life.

Given the market's role in ensuring food supply for a population, markets are often highly regulated by a central authority. In many places, designated market places have become listed sites of historic and architectural significance and represent part of a town or nation's cultural assets. For these reasons, they are often popular tourist destinations. Following the tradition India also established temporary-seasonal markets in regional districts. A covered bazaar or market place became integrated into city structures and was to be found in the city center. Markets and bazaars were well known in the colonial era and some of these bazaars appear to have specialized in particular types of produce.

"In India today, many different types of market serve retail and commercial clients and in many weaver villages enjoyed a reputation as a center of trade in fine cloth, where merchants are trading in cotton and silk in the bazaars"

Wholesale markets in India
Primary wholesale markets that are held once or twice per week, which are selling produce from local villages. Secondary wholesale markets also known as 'Mandis' that are smaller merchants purchase from primary markets and sell at secondary markets. A small number of primary producers may sell direct to mandis. Terminal markets that are markets that sell directly to the end-user, whether it be the consumer, food processor or shipping agent for export to foreign countries for instance Bombay Terminal Market.

Retail markets in India
Retail markets that are spread across villages, towns and cities. Fairs that are held on religious days and deal in livestock and agricultural produce.

Markets in Mumbai:
• Bhendi Bazaar
• Chira Bazaar
• Dava Bazaar
• Zaveri Bazaar

Almost whereever you go as a Photographer in Mumbai one can see marketplaces that are trading with different things. Bhendi Bazar is really famous for it's food delicacies that it has to offer and another market is Chira Bazaar, which is a neighborhood in Mumbai. This specific market is famous and known for its jewellery and Marathi community. There is also a famous fish market called Chirabazar. Another market is Dava Bazaar also spelled Dawa Bazaar and Dava Bazar, which is located in an area in South Mumbai near Lohar Chawl, Crawford Market and opens into Princess Street and it is famous for medical and scientific instruments and lab chemicals. 'Dava' in Hindi means medicine. Zaveri Bazaar is a jewellery market and a major hub for jewellery industry in Mumbai, India and this market is located at Bhuleshwar in South Mumbai, just north of Crawford Market, Zaveri Bazaar is a muddle of narrow lanes, dotted with hundreds of jewellery shops that sell gems and jewels.

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India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a marketplace in Mumbai. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.