Wallahs

#85 Going to Market

In India you can buy practically anything on the street from a certain breed of salesman known as a wallah. In Hindi, the word wallah means someone with a specific job or activity. Wallahs can be found in cities all over India, roaming the streets with their wares. While each wallah specializes in a particular commodity, the goods on display vary and differ as much as the salesmen themselves. Old chai wallahs sit roadside brewing milky, spiced tea while others pass by selling honey, buckets of milk or displaying colorful arrays of balloons, musical instruments or jewelry. For all the varieties of wallahs, I will never get over my delight at the ubiquitous cotton-candy wallahs. They always carry a bell and have a towering display of florescent pink candy that is vibrant and visible from blocks away.