A Street Vendor

Street Vendor

This guy was sitting on the shoreline at Fort Kochi alongside people selling fish. He was hopefully doing business demonstrating and selling the parts of a Spirograph drawing game…..

 

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Waterside, Kochi

Waterside, Kochi

The history of the trade that India had with the outside world is a long one and here in Kochi in Kerala and similarly in Goa, the architecture clearly shows the strong influence of Portugal in these former warehouses along the waterfront.

In my early visits to North India I was amazed to discover carved Roman swags decorating the architectural detail and later was intrigued to discover the Hellenistic drapery on carved figures that wouldn’t have been out of place in Greece. At one early stupa I suspected that the columns supporting the porch of a small temple shrine showed evidence of Egyptian influence but have never seen or read of this as a recognised architectural source in India. You never know what you might come across as you walk around a corner in this wonderful melting pot!

 

Fresh, You Say?

Fresh, You Say?

The fish market is appropriately alongside the shore where the huge Chinese nets stand like dockside cranes. This of course is Fort Kochi, one of my favourite places to visit in Kerala.

The two women are looking askance at the fish on the table. They looked fresh but perhaps the price was being negotiated!