This market is named “Sunday” solely because of it’s location at the end of the Ellis Bridge and its”business only on Sunday”. There are daily markets all over the city as these are the places where everyday people do their shopping. I would imagine that most people in Ahmedabad have never been to Himalaya Mall or Alpha One Mall, and probably don’t know of their existence. The Sunday Market is on the old city side of the river. Ahmedabad proper is divided by the river with the old and new city on opposite shorelines. It reminded me of Buda and Peshest divided by the Danube River in Hungary.This spot at the end of Ellis Bridge was the same location where our shooting for the TV episode began.
The director, in the light shirt, is blocking a shot with the star who was always covered, when the camera wasn’t rolling, by the umbrella carried by a young assistant. This is to prevent sunburn or tanning. As I discussed before, light skin is always preferable. We even saw, on numerous occasions, young women wearing elbow length gloves while riding motorbikes to prevent sun on their arms.
Our driver, Suneil, parked and came with us. We were surprised, but he insisted upon walking behind us as there are pickpockets in the crowded, winding market. Items are arranged by category so that there is some order, but mostly you wonder, look, and buy if you want a bargain Unlike some of the other markets, bargaining is encouraged which David loves. I, on the other hand, always think “Oh, they are so poor and need the money……” David’s reply is that Indian people have been bartering for thousands of years and they won’t be cheated. In fact, as in Egypt, the merchants appeared to enjoy the sport of bartering with David.
Next, we made our way to the goat market, which we observed from above. People buy goats for their milk and the Muslim people often use them for meat.
There are aways lots of sweets to satisfy the Gurjurati sweet tooth! As we stopped on the bridge leading us back to” our” section of the city, we took one last look at the crowded, noisy, hot, market teaming with the masses of Sunday shoppers.
We decided that this had been an adventure, but our favorite market, any day of the week, is found in old town Ahmedabad. After all we had seen a elephant there with his rider guiding the big fellow through the crowded streets. Hard to beat that!
Nameste. . . . .T I I