A tale of two Bazaars –Chandni chowk Purani Delhi and The Grand Bazaar IstanbulHaris Hasan
Bazaar is a Persian word which means a network of merchants, bankers
Although the Bazaars are said to be as old as the cradle of civilizations but with population growth in the walled ancient cities of the
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul with Hagia Sophia in the backdrop is very similar to the Chandni
The bazaars have been revamped over the period of time with shops of varied contours and utility making their presence felt in a changing cityscape, but the spirit of hustle bustle has remained same over the tides of time in more than many ways. The Grand Bazaar was named Cevâhir Bedestan (“Bedesten of Gems”) and was also known as Bezzâzistan-ı Cedîd (“New Bedesten”) in
The famous bazaars have been an inspiration to a number of literary and visual arts genre of the times, the famous being the Procession of Emperor Bahadur Shah II through the streets of Chandni Chowk. The Oriental knowhow of the closed Ottoman Empire was also a point of fascination for the western world till late where the Grand Bazaar was the only inlet to know about the great cultural renaissance of the ‘Muslim world’. Bazaars of Baghdad and Busra have been depicted in the Arabian nights and they too are a great reference point in the scholarly study of the life and times of the age. The famous chase of James Bond over the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar in Skyfall or the Backdrop of the Chandni Chowk in Merchant Ivory’s Householder. The Bazaars have fascinated and inspired writers, chroniclers, directors and Photographers, rightly so because they are the Kaleidoscope of life, a glimpse to the heart of the city. A tale of two Bazaars miles and oceans apart, connected by the vibrant labyrinth vibes, they are The Chandni Chowk and The Grand Bazaar.