Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Anjuna Flea Market Of Goa – A Photo Essay

Although I knew about Anjuna Flea Market that it’s a lovely Wednesday market of Goa, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to check it out. Thanks to a local who insisted that I should not miss it if I wanted to take some nice pictures. He was right! The much talked about Flea Market of Goa did turn out to be a great place for photography. As soon as I made my foray into the market, I got overwhelmed by its vivid colours and the buzz created by the local and expat vendors.

Although I could not take the tour of the entire market, I was quite happy with whatever little I could see and photograph. Besides, there were a few vendors who weren’t happy about their stalls being stalked by my camera. So I had to rush back after clicking just a few photos.

Take a look –

The first stall was of the colourful hammocks I guess. 
As soon as I saw the spices, I knew my job had got cushier.
This lady vendor was such a sport for a photograph. I liked the way she smiled for my camera! 
Although I don't enjoy capturing clothes, I found these scarfs quite gorgeous.
An expat vendor making pancake for a customer. 
Spices steal the show!
Women and spices have something in common. Isn't it? ;-) 
I always thought that coin collection was a cool hobby. 
This man was busy attending his customers while I snapped his stall. He appeared unruffled.
This is an antiques shop that I tried capturing quite artistically, but the vendor scared the hell out of me and I had to flee.
There were quite a lot of spice stalls and I couldn't help taking their photos!
The variety of tea available was incredible! I think I should have bought a couple of packets.
Some amazing stones there, but I wish I could take a better shot.

Did you enjoy the colours of Anjuna Flea Market?

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32 comments:

  1. Yes, very correct it's a must visit on Wednesday's at the Anjuna, But you should be smart on how to do the shopping there. Every shop owner

    will have to prices one for the foreigners & the other for the Indians. The price they quote depends on how you talk to them & pose yourself. If

    you speak their local language you may get the benefit of some discount. I told them directly, I am from India & never travel left outside, I

    don't have dollars to match their rates. I was lucky the owner of the shop was from North Karnataka & spoke to him in his local language...

    Got a lovely shorts for just 150 rupees and my mother bought a saree for just 200 rupee. Word Caution : if you are buying a saree please

    open up, spread the saree completely & check if it is damaged !!! if you need more information on how to do the shopping there please feel

    free to contact me. Twitter: @VijayKallugudde or mail me at : kallugudde@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for the info, but I don't think I will ever be interested in shopping there. I am interested only in photography! :-)

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    2. Yes lovely photos, especially they have so many varieties of scarfs, beach wear, tops and shorts.

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  2. Simply stunning, both the pictures and place.

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    1. Thanks Saru! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  3. Wonderful photos, Renuka, thanks a lot. And yes, you should have bought the tea - India's best varieties are all for export. In Ukraine I could get some splendid sorts of the Indian tea in any local supermarket - here in India it's possible too, but one has to know places :)

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    1. Right! I think I would have picked a couple of tea packets if I had more time on me. Maybe next time. :-)

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  4. Renuka, your photos are lovely. Dan and I adore local markets of all types and always make it a point to visit to see what new things we can discover.

    You are so right about the spices! In my opinion they might be one of the best ways to experience a culture. Because to me a culture is reflected in the flavors it prefers. A hot and spicy culture seems to prefer hot and spicy foods.

    When Dan and I were in Israel we had a fabulous time in the markets. I remember stopping at a spice stall so that Dan could photograph the beautiful, fragrant piles of color ... when suddenly the vendor appeared. Soon he was filling our hands with his different flavors and telling us what they were used for. Oh, who knew there are so many delightful things we've yet to discover!

    Speaking of which ... What are the yellow things in the second photo?

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    1. The yellow thing is Turmeric, which is called 'Haldi' in Hindi. Yes, you are right when you say that spices talk a lot about a country's culture and traditions. Also, they are great fodder for photography! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  5. Great series of pics. I have to visit this place.

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    1. Yes, you must, Indrani! :-) You will love it!

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  6. What a colourful market place.

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  7. You rightly mentioned - Spices have indeed stolen the show in this picture gallery - Very colourful images. My pick - Turmeric & the smiling lady.

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    1. Yeah! :-) Even I like the smiling lady and the turmeric ones the most!

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  8. stunning photos full of life and colour! Thanks for sharing Renuka!

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    1. Thanks Andrew! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  9. Great shots! Very, very alluring!! :)

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    1. Thanks D. Nambiar! :-) Anjuna Flea Market was a treat for the photographer in me!

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  10. This is very common with antique and craft shop owners I think...shouting at those whoever wants to photograph their items... :). It was one of the best photo essays I have ever seen. So vivid and captivating. Beautiful clicks!

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    1. Thanks so much! That's very kind of you. :-) Yeah, these guys don't like the fact that we snap their items but don't care to buy them! :D

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  11. Those varied and colourful images you've shared with us make me feel as if I'm at the market. I could almost smell the spices pictured.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kalpana! That's a huge compliment for my photography! :-) Anjuna Flea Market is an easy spot for photographers!

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  12. These photos are fantastic, Renuka! I love that shot of the lady in blue with the basket atop her head, and I love that she smiled for you! :) I am so nervous about asking other people if I can take their photos, especially if I don't speak the language, but people photos are always some of my favorites! I need to get braver about doing that.

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    1. I can understand your nervousness, Sarah! :-) It can happen. Besides, some people get angry about being photographed. I just got lucky with this woman who was quite excited to be snapped!

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