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Men in Checkered Gamchhas

November 29, 2011

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Picking up from where I’d left last…above: A cart pusher in Asansol.

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The term “gamchha” derives from the Bengali ga mochha, which means wiping (the) body-local term for a sweat towel. Gamchhas are most commonly found in check and striped patterns of red, orange, green, blue…They’re are also worn as lungis, belts, turbans – styles derived from practicality & nature of tasks the wearer is involved in.

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I found myself a spot in the middle of a Y junction in front of a closed shop. There was a small tea shop 10 yards ahead. Idlers there would occasionally look in my direction, talk amongst themselves, and at times smile at me. A little disconcerting. Two people came to me and asked “newspaper?” I said yes. (A lie, obviously.) After a while one of the workers came and sat next to me but didn’t say a word. Often he would smile and try to look into the camera.

We talked for a bit. Soon he got called out for some work and left. I sat there for two hours till I started to see the same men. I was finding it awkward to get up as I was all comfortable in the awkwardness of being in the middle of those occasional stares for long. Eventually I got up, went straight to the tea shop…had a cup of tea, a smoke, & said thank you to whoever listened..

Below:Rickshaw-walas in the main market.
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All photos from my July trip.

A gamccha costs 30Indian Rupees(less than a dollar).

Men of Shillong | Police Bazaar

June 21, 2011

I spent a lot of time in Police Bazaar during my stay in Shillong in January. First eight photos are from Iewduh market, rest are from PB.

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Iewduh is the Khasi word for Big Market..also known as Bada Bazaar in Hindi. It’s the largest open street market in north-eastern India. Practically everything is available here – fruits, vegetables, fish to typical medicinal herbs and plants to traditional wood, bamboo handicrafts, and woolen handmade shawls + all the other regular stuff. 

On Sundays from 5 a.m. till the ‘good stock lasts’(usually till 11a.m.), this place holds a market for clothes. Peddlers pile up their stock of clothes on the side pavements and push carts.

A typical pile contains mixed items of clothes- shirts, jeans, coats, etc…and sells for anything between sheepoh(10) Rupees to sanspoh(500) Rupees. Irrespective of prices being dirt cheap..bargaining is normal.

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Police Bazaar is a major hub for all sorts of activities and is packed with street side stalls of food, jewelry, shoes, clothes..to small basement malls and arcades and restaurants and hotels.

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Skinnies with Converse is one of the most common sights in Shillong..although seen less on men and more on women. There are 2 exclusive Converse stores in Shillong and it feels like every person in Shillong owns at least a pair of them. 

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Shillong, other than being known as the fashion capital of India(along with Kohima?), is also known as the rock capital of India. About 90% of the people I met, knew how to play at least one musical instrument really well. However the tag ‘rock capital’ is not quite correct as they’re inspired by music of all kind – from Eminem to Poison to Dave Weckl to Bach, and they do make a lot of music other than rock.

Also, Bollywood is their last source of inspiration for anything but they do like the regular cheesy Bollywood films.

For most, the influences vary from Korean pop stars(RainShinee) to Japanese films(Crows Zero) to the regular mainstream American sitcoms and music videos. If anybody can think of anything else, please add.

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A knife maker above wearing Puma sweatshirt and a watch seller below.

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I loosely connect the way this watch seller is wearing his watches, to this style that has been on the runway here at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac SS 11 show.
Although, multiple time pieces around the wrist is nothing new for fashion bloggers, and this style falls in the same category as the multiple belts – serving no real practical purpose…but still..interesting to document.

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Next up : some of the most common men’s hairstyles in Shillong.

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Nobody wears pyjamas with shoes anymore.

May 31, 2011

..particularly in reference to black leather shoes..loafers in this case. It’s common to find old men in small cities wearing them with white pyjamas, but very rare in big urban cities…and very rarely would be seen on young men anywhere.

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Man on the street. Photographed in Janurary at Bosco square, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.

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Dheeman Agarwala. Jacket: Govinda Mehta. Black tee: H&M, Pyjamas: local darzi, Loafers: Red Tape.
Location: Versova, Bombay. Photographed in April for my street style story for Bungalow 8.

Taches & turbans in the blue city

January 8, 2011

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…still in Jodhpur(blogphorically speaking), about 30 rupees away from the railway station in to the old city near the Meherangarh Fort. The other day they said a man was only looking down from the top of the fort and fell, broke his both arms and legs, but survived. So it goes. And I’d been reading Slaughterhouse Five.

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Photos are from around the shifting Clock Tower area in Sardar Bazaar where the Lonely Planet recommended Omelette man stands surrounded by sights, sounds, other omelette competitors, photographers, and occasional cows.

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The only person out of place in a turbantached scheme of things.

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“I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.”

Rethinking the dhoti

October 14, 2010
Centuries before Helmut Lang,Marc Jacobs & Junya Watanabe realized how cool the dhotis were, Indians were already wearing them….
My first post for GQ India. Read the entire post here.
Below are some photos that were not used in the GQ post.
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Karan Berry,28. Shoe designer
Jacket – Primark, London
Chappals – Self designed(same also available at METRO)
Dhoti- from Kolkata store in Goregaon
Hat – Zara
Stick – Grandfather’s
Animated badges – Paperchase, London
I’m also looking for someone to help me with writing/editing.
Interested? Please write to me – wearabout@gmail.com