India's bazaars are full of bustling energy. Hawkers; vendors; quirky salesmen; women and men who've done Masters in bargaining.
But if you've ever tried to locate the pulse of a bazaar, you will notice that it lies in tiny styrofoam cups. Hot piping tea is what sustains the high octane energy of an Indian bazaar.
Although the tea is not of a high quality like Sunehri, which is expertly blended by tea masters, it gives the salesman a kick when his voice is dropping; the tired homemaker another few hours to fight for the perfect bargain.
Safe to say, we can't imagine the Indian bazaar without chai.
Poetry Teas' is delighted to bring to you the spirit of an Indian bazaar in the form of an evergreen and famous poem by Smt. Sarojini Naidu ji. Few know that the Nightingale of India was also a poet, besides being an eminent political activist.
"What do you sell, O ye merchants?
Richly your wares are displayed." - Sarojini Naidu, In the bazaars of Hyderabad
Who can miss the enticing spells cast by merchants in a classic Indian bazaar - what with their wares being displayed in the shop window. I mean, try crossing past Zara and not being tempted to sin!
"What do you weigh, O ye vendors?
Saffron, lentil, and rice." - Sarojini Naidu, In the bazaars of Hyderabad
Even the kirana store is full of bright hues. Small hills of haldi, lal mirch abound. There's boris full of rice and lentil. It's all a wee bit quizzical!
"What do you make, O ye goldsmiths?
Wristlet and anklet and ring" - Sarojini Naidu, In the bazaars of Hyderabad
And the jeweller shops. Always making someone's mangalsutra, someone's necklace, or a pandit's prescribed ring.
Which simply makes us wonder, would the raunak of a bazaar be this enchanting, if it weren't for kadak chai, always the elixir!
You can read the full poem here.