Russel Market

I think I’m an authority on this subject having lived within a stone’s throw from it. Hmmmm, that ‘stone’s-throw’ bit is a little of an exageration but say, is anyone contesting? :)

Actually, the subject in question is a building and a very popular one, at that. Its been around since 1927 and continues to attract people by the hundreds. Particularly, during the weekends.

I’m talking about Russell Market. During my visits to Bangalore, I still frequent this market especially during the weekends! It holds a lot of memories for me and I’m certain for many, a Sunday would not be the same without visiting this market.

Russell Market is in the vicinity of 2 other important landmarks. St. Mary’s church and Shivajinagar bus terminus. Once upon a time, the terminus was the pits but has recently been upgraded and looks hep, in a manner of speaking!

The market was named after T.B. Russell, who was the President of Cantonment Municipality between 1924 and 1928. It was he who was responsible for getting through the scheme of Russel market. Khan Bahadur Hajee Ismail Sait, a philanthropist, opened it on August 5, 1927.

I could wax lyrical about what this place means to me but I’d rather let these 2 articles do the talking.

And since pictures say a story better than words, mine included, here are some of them:


No shopping can begin for me without a ‘chai’ from this place!

The very best of vegetables. At a price, of course!


Reason why many Bangaloreans stay ‘cool’!



If you are not spoilt for choice, tell me how!

This hardy fella is making a comeback, flu or no flu!

Let me end on a flowery note!


10 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    Never visited Russel Market…
    Pics 22222222 good.
    taken from which cam??

  2. Shruthi (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    Sakkat photos!
    Been there only once :( Tempted to go again :)

  3. shek (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    The ending was on a flowery note,good.thank god the post wasnt flowery.

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    Thanks, Mehak..drop in to the market when you have time. Its an experience by itself!

    Photos are via a Kodak 2.1 megapixel digicam!


  5. Ravi (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    Shruthi avare,
    Thanks! You should visit the place on some sunday!

  6. rubic_cube (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

    Yo Ravi! I have never been to this place, though I came within *spitting* distance of it, twice. The area is very congested, though. Your pics make me want to visit this place atleast once to absord the local happenings. I guess the place always presents ample photographic opportunities. I think Anita has gone to this place and got some really great snaps! Right, Anita?

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

    @ r_c,
    all the best with your experiences with r.m and its ‘salubrious’ sorroundings! it can be an eye-opener or you might just reach for the hanky! In either case, all the best!

  8. PSU (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    Is this the market one sees at the end of Commercial Street? I go to Mysore and my boys love the City Market there. The photos opportunities are incredible. Thanks for the writeup.

  9. Johnson (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    The best market in town !!!

    Only if, they can keep it clean, esp. the Fish and chicken areas

  10. Ravi (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    @ psu:
    Yup, this market is walking distance from commercial street! Yes, I have been to the mysore market on k.r road a long time ago! Thanks!

    @ Johnson:
    Glad you agree re:best market in town. And I agree 100% that a little cleanliness can STILL go a long way for the image of this market! But the Indian mindset is always to accept the status quo, you see. What to do, we are like this only!


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