Thursday, January 10, 2013

Maacher Bajaar, Its a Fish Market Out There!

Maacher bajaar, Bengali for fish market is a way of life for people who love to get their catch for the day and bring home to their wives to cook.

Its a culture. Of waking up early in the morning and going to the local fish market to haggle with the fish monger and get the freshest fish for the missus to cook before the Bengali bhodrolok starts his day at work. Many Bengali men in small town India still prefer to start their days with a generous serving of rice and maacher jhol (runny fish curry) over a grilled sandwich. And why not!

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Here are some photographs of how a typical maacher bajaar in India looks like. And if you are lucky, you will even find a sly little cat pretending to be a watchdog!

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Were you able to name all the fish in this post?

9 comments:

Sudeshna said...

Loved the pic with the cat, its lovely.

Sudeshna said...

Loved the pic with the cat, its lovely.

Sharmila said...

All except no. 9 and 11. Maachgulo omon haa kore ache ki kore ?! :-)

krishna said...

when i was very small, baba used to to 'maacher bajar' early in the morning. ma used to wait anxiously for the 'bajar', because she had to cook within 9 o'clock in the morning, before baba would start his day with maacher jhol, daal ,tarkari, n bhaat. gone are those days.. :)

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Silence Sings said...

3 bade bodhhoe shob gulo bolte parbo..Jodio ami amar machhe related test e shob somoy fail..:(...

(sorry agerta onnyo a/c theke comment korechhilam, tai delete korlam)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Macher bajar dekhe chotobelar din gulo mone pore jacche. Jokhon babar shathe dokene jetam aar dama dami shune khub hashi peto. All the fishes seem to look fresh. Except rui, katla,shing, kpi and chingri I do not know about others.
Deepa

Aar Bee said...

Okay lemme try just for kicks! :)
Bhetki
Rui
Mackerel
Bhetki again with an Ilish on it
Chingri
Golda Chingri
Kucho Chingri
Rui
Kareemeen
Rui
Pomfret
Tilapia
Aar
Rui (A paka one!)
Poonti
Rui
Maagur

(Whew!)

Awesome post as always. Waiting to hear what all you ate back home.

AarBee

Soma said...

Loved the pictures. Next time it's a must trip on my India list. The cat picture is just perfect.