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Flower Sellers at Matunga

Flowers at the Matunga Flower Markets by Arun Shanbhag

The Best of Mumbai: Matunga Flower Sellers during Ganapati Festival. Looking forward to more.

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Video: Weaving Jaaii Flowers

pic of Puja for Naga Devata with Jaaii Juhi flowers in Kumta by Arun Shanbhag

During recent travels, I was visiting relatives in Honavar, Karnataka – a sleepy coastal town south of Kumta (see google map below). I had stopped by a family store to add money to my pre-paid cell phone. There, this older gentleman was weaving these delicate pink buds called jaaii-che kaLo. These buds only sprout after […]

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Flower Sellers at Dadar

pictures of Young girls selling roses at the Dadar Flower Market, Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Few years ago I wrote about the Dadar Flower Market, in Mumbai. Tucked under the bridge next to the Dadar train Station, like alien slime it oozes into adjoining alleys and walkways, filling every doorway and cranny. So jam-packed, my cousin cautioned, “don’t even try to put your hand in your pocket, it will go […]

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Kumta: Jewel of the Konkan

On every visit to India, I follow a similar schedule. We head to Goa to pay our respects at the Ramnathi Devasthan in Ponda. From there we head south along the coast to Kumta. Kumta is a sleepy township. The busiest part of town is Main Street, called paent, which is only a few blocks […]

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Mangeshi Devasthan, Goa

Photo of the Mangeshi Temple Goa by Arun Shanbhag
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Flower Sellers at the Ramnathi Temple, Goa

photos of women selling flowers at the Ramnathi Devasthan Temple Goa by Arun Shanbhag

In March, I posted a photo essay on the Flower Sellers at the Dadar Flower Market. These beautiful people, with little material belongings, seemed so content with their lives. That left a lasting impression.

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Dadar Flower Market – A Photo Essay

In our home in Colaba, the five day Ganapati utsav (festival) is the biggest family event of the year. Our entire joint family comes together making it very festive. For our daily flower decorations, one of us goes to the Dadar Flower Market every morning to buy flowers. After bringing them home, the women gather […]