A gypsy’s wonderland: Main Bazar in Delhi’s Paharganj is a delight for shoppers
With its kitsch-meets-boho charm, Main Bazar nestled in the bustling Paharganj is a smorgasbord of surprises for budget shoppers.delhi Updated: Jul 14, 2017 15:54 IST
If you have the soul of a gypsy that loves all things bright and beautiful, a trip to Paharganj will always turn around a bad day for you. The fashionably chintzy lanes of Paharganj’s Main Bazar are full of surprises. The market is dotted with shops and kiosks selling everything from kaleidoscopic junk jewellery to kitschy patch work bags and chappals with fun pom poms. You often meet intriguing fellow shoppers: the lonely artist with dreadlocks, the wandering musician with platinum hair and a guitar tucked under his arm, the gypsy girl whose body is the landscape for tattoos that abridge the world into a colourful tapestry. This is where retro Bollywood numbers graciously blend into Bob Marley’s music in quaint cafes stuck in time warp. As you take in the smell of incense sticks wafting from shops selling potpourri, you bump into occasional cows and buffalos gleefully stealing bananas from fruit carts. Holding that ripped tie-dye top undecidedly in your hand, you notice Che Guevara smiling at you from one of the posters on the wall, telling you that true fashion never surrenders to set rules. Here’s what you must buy from this gypsy wonderland.
Compilation & Styling: Prerna Gauba
Models: Richa Dave, Pallavi Singh and Rose Alisha
Photos: Shara Ashraf
Model coordinator: Purple Thoughts
Hair & Makeup: Ishika Taneja & Aashmeen Munjaal