Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday Santhai

During my recent travel to Thiruvannamai attending my father’s friend daughter marriage, I come across a Sunday Santhai (market), where livestock’s and agriculture products are brought to sale by farmers from the surrounding villages at a public place. The Sunday Santhai is very famous among rural villages and it is the only place for local farmers to buy and sell their produce and the Santhai is also gathered on Wednesdays.
Goat parade
A scene near the market where an old man diving the goats to market. 
There are many Santhais in Tamil Nadu renowned for specific products and the Manaparai Mattu Santhai between Tiruchi-Dindigul highway is popular for bulls and Pollachi host the second largest market in the country doing business at coconuts and cash crops at intense. The Tamil Nadu government has also developed ‘Uzhavar Santhai’ (farmers market) in each district and little towns for the benefit of farmers to sell their products directly to consumers than middleman who exploit both as well.
Dry-fish stall
We passed the market while driving towards Thiruvannamal after attending the marriage and the market was at its peak business and the place was crowded to unable to stop and take photos, so we shot few of them from moving car. Both sides of the road were parked by bikes and bicycles and we witness number of cattle brought to sell and being Sunday there are many meat and fish stalls installed allover… and there’s one of a dried fish stall above.

14 comments:

Ponniyinselvan said...

As usual your photos are excellent.
karthik+amma

ashok said...

nice snaps Jeevan

TexWisGirl said...

really like that first scene! wonderful!

Meoww said...

I see dried fish being sold here in Seoul very often very similar to your pics. Only the fish range from really fat, long ones to tiny little things that are used as garnish on items!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. These little markets are still present all over India.

Pattu Raj said...

Hey, Jeevan, you sure had a good time roaming the santhai in a car and shooting pictures. They have come out very well, as usual.

Santhai is a delightful place to visit, I love going around them and looking for stuff.The colors, the local people and the atmosphere is all earthy.

Thiruvannamalai is one place I had not visited so far. Would like to see the Lord at least once . All in his hands.:-)

Pattu Raj said...

The new look for the blog is very good!

Krishna said...

It is usual in rural villages of south india. Most of the markets are in evening. It is direct link between producer and customer

nice photos

thanks

Devilish Angel said...

Good photos...

ladyfi said...

Like the new blog look!

It's always nice to come across a market.

eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love the first one.

Jeevan said...

Thank you all for the comments and sharing... Pattu, wish you visit thiruvannamalai very soon :)

Srini said...

I have always been fascinated by these "sandais" as shown in the Tamil films of the 1980's and 1990's. I have never seen one directly though :).

Farida said...

Hi Jeevan, thank you for visiting my blog. Your Sunday Santhai is very similar to the Sunday market in the Philippines. My parents and I used to visit a place close to us where cooked and uncooked food, RTW, plants, etc are sold. I enjoy going to these places :)