All these are scenes from Burra Bazar in the city of Shillong (Meghalaya), a sprawling, cackling, loud, colourful market where rural traders (especially women) come to sell their wares. I wasn't sure what these products on the left (and above) were, but I later found out that these were dried pods (?) that were used as home or dish cleaning scrubs.
Poverty there is not on the same scale as in Orissa. But there are always those that seem to be falling through the cracks, lone figures about whom one wonders. The woman above was lost in thought all the time I was adjusting my cellphone camera to focus in on her. The man on the right was bearing a load so heavy, that he tried to get up two or three times and slipped or fell each time before he was finally able to make his way up the winding market streets.
Pig. So much pork eaten here, and all of it just delicious. I didn't get the chance to pork dishes in the rural areas I visited, but I certainly did eat a lot of it in Shillong itself. One of the longest lanes in Burra Bazar is simply lined with small and large butcher shops, all of it is pig, as seen in the photo to the right. In the photo just above are two boys carrying a load of whole pig to the butcher shops, and in the photo to the above-right, a butcher shop flanked by fruit sellers.
Wild berries, rice, and pork. I remember no other food from Meghalaya. And that's fair too, for what else could you need?!