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The Ladies Department | by rita banerji
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The Ladies Department

These pavement vendors sell women’s clothing and under garments. Despite the elaborate display and enormous work that goes into the presentation, these are not permanent ‘shops’ but are set up and taken down every day. These vendors set up their ‘stall’ by about 11 a.m. and sell till about 7 p.m., using paraffin lamps to light their goods after sun-down, after which they take down all the goods to pack into boxes to carry home. Since these stalls are on the pavement, there is a constant flow of traffic right through the shops -- of pedestrians, shoppers, carts and bicycles. Interestingly, even the stalls that sell women’s intimate apparels are run only by men.

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Taken on March 21, 2012