Bandra Fair

Posted: September 22, 2009 in People, Photos
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Bandra Fair, originally uploaded by raven_b.

This little fella was more than eager to pose for me right outside the gates of Mount Mary Steps. Was hard not to buy one of those soap bubble toys that I so craved all through my childhood :D

Bandra Fair is week long religio-shopping festival in lanes around my house. Or rather lanes leading to the Mount Mary Church in Bandra, Bombay

The week long festival, like everything else, has different meaning for everyone:

1. For the christians in neighbourhood, its possibly the only street festival they celebrate here.

2. For vendors, its a week long shopping arcade with more crowds than Hill Road and Linking Road combined.

3. For non-religious, non-shopaholic residents of the area, its a week when no traffic moves, noise goes up 10 notches and 15 minute walks through sweating crowds becomes a twice daily ritual.

I? Well, I just love the madness, am a lover of walks and the colour that comes with crowds enthralls me. Only if the noise was a little less :)

Don’t read too literally into the wikipedia link above. The fair is hardly the rich cultural pot pourri that the article describes it to be. A vast majority of the stalls are your usual cheap apparel vendors from hill road or dadar, cold drink and expensive yet unhealthy food vendors, or cheap chinese toys and mask vendors. Those selling wax idols, paintings of Mary or Jesus, or almost anything to do with religious nature of the fair are far outnumbered.

The Ferris wheel and other rides at Old Age home have,though, become the highlight of this festival and see the biggest crowds after the church itself.


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