Colours & moods of City Market

Markets are a great way of discovering a city is what I’ve found. Besides visiting monuments and the more famous sights, if you want to really get a flavour of a city, my suggestion would be to visit a market!

Small, medium, big – no matter what size they are, they are alway abuzz with activity. It’s easy to get lost in the narrow roads and bylanes for a few hours and not know how the time flew past…

In Bangalore, I’ve made it a point to visit quite a few of them – Russell, Malleshwaram, Gandhi Bazaar, Chikpet & Avenue Road, Majestic, Madiwala and the absolutely crazy City Market – and try and document some of the sights and sounds.


It’s a busy, busy place any time of day. Here’s a flower seller looking out for customers.

These are some pictures from a recent trip to City Market aka KR Market. It’s an overwhelming feeling to say the least. Like being transported to another world all together.

Morning Walk
People rushing about on their early morning errands and a mosque in the background!

The crowds milling all around, flower sellers, crazy traffic, two wheelers, honking, buying, selling, haggling, commotion, tea / coffee stalls, narrow lanes, temples, mosques, churches, heaps of vegetables, fruits and the strangest items that leaves you wondering about their uses… And who actually buys these things!

A lady selling sugarcane

Also in this area remnants of Tipu Sultan’s fort. Unfortunately, when I visited last, there was some construction going on. But I’ll definitely be back for more of the City Market.

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9 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    Nice one! Great snaps!!

  2. Arun (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    The kid’s image is excellent.

  3. SHADOW (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Good colorful post !

  4. Chitra (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Wonderful pics! I have been meaning to go to the city market, but somehow it just doesn’t seem to be happening. I want my husband to go along with me, and he absolutely doesn’t want to! So, there! But, one of these days! :)

  5. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Very nice snaps Anita. Can we go together next time?I have never seen the Fort.

  6. Mytri (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

    Ha ha. When I read Chitra’s comment about her husband. I have been bugging and bugging my husband to take me to Chikpet,Balepet…old town Bangalore. He is Ashoka Pillar and rolls his eyes at me :-)Mysore Market is just a fantastic place to do all this on your own. Very safe and not too big. If only there was a way to capture the smells with the places. Sigh!! I would probably be on my way to heaven after the jasmine lane in Mysore City Market.

    As to who would buy them? It was my Uncle’s job every time there was any funtion. He would be the first to come down from the North and brush up on his Kannada and off he would go to buy 100s of coconuts, vegetables, flowers for each funtion… Now it is all contracted out.

    Thank you Anita for these pictures.
    More More More……
    Thank you for all these fun articles to read and write about.

  7. Chitra (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

    Mytri, I wonder what we would do without the likes of you! Thanks! for just reading MB and being there!

  8. Ravi (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Anita – nice post & pics! Lets exchange cameras, shall we?

    Chitra – second your comment re: Mytri!


  9. Rao (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    Yes, it is a wonderful place indeed, always buzzing with activity. It’s kind of mini-city in itself, i can say and the place gives a quick snapshot of an urban life.

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