Monday, January 18, 2010
Hall Bazaar, Amritsar.........and a guessing game at the end
What a place!
Have you ever been to a place and just stood in amazement at what was happening around you?
Anywhere?.........take a moment and think about it.....a place where you were just astonished and just stood still...maybe with your mouth partially open....gazing and perhaps uttering words to yourself about the events unfolding before your eyes?
Such is the case of HALL BAZAAR in Amritsar.........one of the city's oldest markets, and still perhaps one of the most popular places for people to shop.....
We are currently working with an owner who is opening a hotel in the center of HALL BAZAAR......
Before catching the plane back to Delhi.....my colleague wanted to purchase some food items to bring back.....so while he was shopping business, I began venturing further into the market.
I drew the normal stares and glances from shopkeepers..and patrons....curious as to what a 6'3 blonde "gora" was doing! It was one of the coldest days in Amritsar, and picture me strolling in a very busy place, with a long black woolen top coat walking in HALL BAZAAR......polished shoes.....camera in hand.
To the shopkeepers and patrons I am sure that I appeared to be out of place....but I was certainly in good company.
Mishri, Kesarian, Saraiwala, Kathian, HALL? Does something in this list look out of place to you? These are the names of the other popular markets in Amritsar
It struck me as odd that such an ENGLISH name would be given to a market; so I decided to do some research as to how the market received the name "HALL".
What I found was scarce....all that I discovered was that it was named for a Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar who held his position in the late 1800's. That's where it ends.
There were two articles...each with differing initials.....so I am not sure which is correct."C.D. or C.H."......some confusion, but that is where the information ends.
I am not sure how he contributed significantly to Amritsar; his notoriety, his place in history, his fame......but yet his legacy still stands today.
Hall Bazaar is an exciting place.....and definitly worth visiting should you find yourself in Amritsar.......and the hotel.....will be right in the center of all the action!
Now for some fun!
GUESSING GAME -
While I was there I noticed an interesting man from a distance....perhaps it was his orange turban that originally caught my eye......but I was also amazed at why he was sitting down and cutting sticks and putting them in little bundles..........
I finally asked someone....was so intrigued I snapped a few pictures.
ANY GUESSES? First person to guess correctly.......wins another fabulous prize!