A City of Markets – A Cultural Guide to Kathmandu’s Bazaars

Nepal- The market place- consuming the rapidly growing capital of Kathmandu.

Festival time

Festival time

The Corner Bazaar = Goodies 

I road the tuk tuks to the nearby lot, across  from the garbage sorting is where I bought my local vegetables — once I bought an old wrinkly zucchini (very expensive) while thinking it was an ‘exotic’ vegetable . Months of regularity brought fair prices. holding the small plastic bags with tofu, rice, and herbs as I was whisked away on the back of my beloved roommate’s motorbike. Nepali words brought smiles. There, the pathway was full of vegetable scraps as the children played on barrels and the cows came by to munch on breakfast.

The Market of Tourists

Aggressive bargaining, misinterpretations, currency signs, hesitations, prostitution, drugs. I watched the 10-year old children huffing bags of glue, tucking them into their back pockets as they reached out their other hand to the towering Caucasian men and women. Gauging who would provide a coin for their habits, living off the ever rotating market of tourists. Donated food, bought, gifted, and resold for drugs. Snuggled together by day, only to slur amongst the crowds in the evening. The venders were experts at their trade, reading the faces of humans from all corners of the world, flirting, charming, wooing, posing, for the careless tourists feeding the continued distancing of human behavior with their one-night stays.

"look serious, she is taking a picture"

“look serious, she is taking a picture”

Bargaining in the Centralized Markets

Spending months wandering the markets, tasting, bargaining, understanding the negotiation for place and time.

Daily Routine

Daily Routine

Bargaining in Nepal- It was not a deceitful process. It was not an aggressive process. It was an interaction of bonding, of sharing, of satisfactions. It is a discussion. The worth of an object, in friendship, in ownership. How much was it viewed to be worth to the buyer, how much was it worth to the owner? To find a middle ground, a fair price was the goal. A critique of an object by both parities with a stake in its ownership.

Mobile Venders

Mobile Venders

A place to pass the News

A place to pass the News

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