When talking about Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in India most people first think about the gas tragedy of 1984. This was surely one of the worst industrial disasters ever. However, this blog story is about something completely different and probably nothing unique to Bhopal. The Indian Shopping Psychology – The Bhopal Mannequins.
When strolling through Bhopal this November I came across the market area in Old Bhopal – Chowk Bazar. Knowing Old Delhi and its markets I was excited to explore Old Bhopal markets to see the differences. It is much smaller in size and more dominated by the three main mosques (Taj-ul-Masajid, India’s largest mosque; Moti Masjid and Jama Masjid). Nonetheless, the bazar area in Old Bhopal seems to exhibit similar features as Old Delhi. Markets are divided by products such as textiles, plastics, electronics, spices, food, etc.. And numerous visitors and bikes rush through the small alleys for a bargain from dawn to dust.
But what is more exciting than Indians‘ shopping, is the display of the mannequins in Indian shops! What do they tell us about the preferences and wishes of owners and customers? Have a look yourself!
For a comparison on real Indian shopping and a glimpse on bargaining hunting in Old Delhi click here.