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THE BAZAAR


WHEN A MARKETPLACE DIES Photographs and captions by Dipti Desai


When an old bazaar dies, it turns out to be a lot of things. It becomes living quarters for the poor, studio space for struggling artists, a playground for culture-vultures who sell personal articles of the deceased for profit, and much more. A short distance from the famous Chinese fishing nets in Cochin on the southwest coast of India, the bazaar which once fed the historical spice-trade of the Portuguese and the Dutch, dies. This is where Pedro Alvares Cabral brought his fleet in 1500, inaugurating the European colonization of India. The bazaar has become less than a skeleton of what it once was, as seen in the following images. [Dipti Desai]


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