Delhi, like all cities, is animated by its large numbers and diverse kinds of vendors who populate its streets, alleys, pavements and bazaars. These vendors provide cheap (or not so cheap) goods and services and make for convenient shopping across classes, but more importantly, they enliven and embellish the otherwise plain streets, creating their raunaq. Lumped together into the broad category of street vendors, they are often reduced to a statistic in the informal economy. But they have their own unique stories of living and working in the city. The work they do, while precarious, is neither easy nor unskilled. Many friends and acquaintances of mine who cannot understand my obsession with street vendors and weekly bazaars of Delhi ask me, ‘sab ek jaise nahin hote kya? (‘Aren’t they all the same?’) Through this photo essay, I am sharing some street ‘shop’ designs—the designs are not simply a matter of making the wares more attractive but also highlight the quirks and individualities of vendors as well as their specific skills.
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[…] into my fieldwork, I realized that I was being drawn to (and mapping) designs in the bazaar—of shops, signage, displays, objects and spaces. Design was not what I set out looking for in the bazaars, […]