Saturday, September 1, 2012

Chor Bazaar - the Thieves Market

Today a few of the teachers went with one of the school's drivers down to South Mumbai to Chor Bazaar - one of the largest flea markets in India.  Apparently it was originally called Shor Bazaar (which means noisy market), but after an incident with some baggage of Queen Victoria's going missing when she visited Bombay and being found again for sale in Mutton Street, the place got renamed Chor (meaning thief in Hindi-Urdu).

The market is famous for antique and vintage items such as old Bollywood posters, Victorian furniture, parts for cars and so on.

After wandering around for a bit (I bought some cabinet handles, Bobbi-Jo bought a table and an antique phone) we all set off for Leopold's for lunch.  The Leopold Cafe is near the Taj Hotel, scene of the 2008 terrorist attacks.  The restaurant was sprayed with bullets - you can still see the bullet holes in the walls.
One of the Victorian buildings along Colaba Causeway

At the restaurant we all had fried rice, and Bobbi-Jo and Evelyn tried the cakes too.  I didn't feel like eating much today.

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