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Wandering Destination : AamBagan Market, Rourkela

Dawn-sky at Ambagan Market / Ispat Market.

Wandering Destination : AamBagan Market, Rourkela (A photo journey)

Textiles shops
Ambagan market also known as Ispat Market is a prime shopping market in sector 19 of Rourkela city. It is the oldest and largest shopping center of the city. At Ambagan, people can purchase almost all types of household materials, handicrafts, vegetables, fruits, fish, groceries, clothes and several other useful articles.

Aam-bagan literally means mango gardens. Decades ago, this part of city was famous for mango plantations. Now the name Aam-bagan is shortened to Ambagan. 

A food court located near to the market where most kind of fast-food, both veg and non-veg, is available. Food court is quite clean and relatively hygienic place to eat. 

Near to market, there is a "bank road", where most of ATM's are located. There is no ATM inside the complex and hardly any retailer accepts payment by cards.
Food-Court at Aambagan

The market will remains closed on every Monday. In the evening the market opens around 5.30. Food court is well set by seven in the evening.

Adjacent to Ispat Market, there is another marker named Gajapati Market with a number of shops.

Some interesting incidences:

Paisa kaha jayega?

Institute bus. Bus goes to Ambagan market every Sunday.
Me and my wife were looking for a shop where bakery items and snacks can be purchased. Eventually we found a descent one. The proprietor welcomed us and asked to pick up anything we want and he will make bill at the end. We finished the shopping, chose all what we can and what we had to. After that we had a glass full of Masala-soda with many ingredients in it. 

Appreciating the quantity and quality of soda, we left the shop. After an hour or so, I realized I haven't pad the money.. I rushed back to the shop immediately, apologized to the owner and paid the money. 

I asked him, "You were aware right ! then why have not you stopped us before leaving the shop without paying you?" 

He smiled and said, "I knew you have not done it on purpose. Paisa kaha jayega (Money is not running away) ?"

Customers choosing kinds of vegetables

I don't understand what are you talking !

Usually we go to Ambagan market on Sunday taking the institute bus. For around two months after joining NIT, temporarily accommodated in Guest house, we never missed our weekly leisure time. Soon we were shifted to appropriate quarters. Now it was time to purchase vegetables, which we obviously never did before in Rourkela. So the first job was to purchase a sturdy bag for carrying vegetables. We saw, an old man was standing on sidewalks selling different kinds of bags. 

He was quite old, must be above seventies, standing and holding a bamboo on which hundreds of bags were hooked. I was sure he was still waiting for "Bohani" (The first customer of the day). His innocence and marks of poverty probably forced us to go to him  and see the bags. As usual, we started discussing in Marathi the quality and our requirement. An there was THE moment.

The old man said, "I don't understand what you are talking !". In fluent English.

Why it's different:

  • Vendor really consider customer is a God. 
  • Vendor believes his customer.
  • Vendor accepts his mistake, apologies and returns a smile. And importantly, rectifies the mistake immediately.
  • Vendor never cheats on customer, may it be vegetable weighing, price of the good or the quality of material.
  • Vendor helps you to choose the best, Informs you about cheap brand along with a reason and urges not to purchase. 
  • Vendor returns the rest of money or change. If you leave the shop forgetting the return money, he will ask his servant to follow you, find you and return the money.
  • If you visit a the same shop twice or thrice, Vendor remembers you and your liking.
  • Vendor hardly says NO to any item. In case doesn't have it in his shop, he gets it for you from some other shop. In the very same way a Marwadi does in his textile shop. 
and the list continues !

Market get really active after dawn.

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  1. I like such street photography. Great views captured. The essence is there.

    1. Thanks Indrani. To be frank, I fear to take photos of people in public. I am trying to overcome that :-)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Maniparna. BW always impart depth to photo !


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