An old Thakur watches time go by at the Babusingh's Thakur sweet shop.
Don't Say Dharwad Peda. Please Say Thakur's Peda.
Dharwad's old market probably has the largest concentration of sweet shops than any other place in Karnataka. And they all sell Dharwad's signature sweet, the Dharwad Peda too.
It's a very competitive business - selling Dharwad Peda. And most shops sport the name - Misra Peda. Misras seem to have more branches than I could count and on every main and patli galli. However, the locals swear that the best Peda comes from Babusingh's Thakur original sweet store which is actually an old house called Thakur's Building, off Old Bazaar. There's a queue outside the store at all times and on some days, they ration the sweets and sell only 500 gms to each customer.
However, the Misras seem to be the more enterprising of the two families and are stealing all the eyeballs with branches not only in the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad but in far away Benglur as well. However, the Thakurs are not giving up without a fight. A slogan on their sweet boxes have the following slogan - Don't Say 'Dharwad Peda', Please Say 'Thakur Peda'.
Over the next few days I will be bringing you little things I noticed in the better half of a twin city called Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka's second most important urban area after Benglur. When I say that I noticed, it's strictly about the images. The things were mostly pointed out to me by a friend from school called Sam who is married to a Dharwarkar and who took me around the market when we went shopping for groceries. I spent an evening there with his wonderful family on my way to Mumbai from Benglur.
Today's pictures show the currency notes that the shopkeepers of Dharwad display at their counters. Many shopkeepers have a collection of international currency notes on display like in this chicken shop inside the vegetable market. The collector of currency notes and coins at this shop is the old man, Mian Shaik's son.
Slogan on the wall: Art. The universal language.
The art teachers in Dharwad were protesting against the withdrawal of art education in Karnataka schools and this graffiti was a response to that action. It's an interesting location. Jubilee Circle is just a stone's throw away from Fr. Kittel's Basel Mission compound which is very important in the history of the Kannada language. Fr. Kittel compiled the first Kannada-English Dictionary and has a special place in modern Karnataka history.
Alight here for the Hugging Godwoman Mata Amritanadamayi's aka Amma's ashram (poster in the background). And the shopkeeper's frown is not because I'm poking a camera into his shop. That's a permanent expression many shopkeepers in Kerala seem to have. The petty bourgeois smile.
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