Friday, August 08, 2008

Supermarket Series III

Why Supermarkets? In my mind they are places wryly sad, but then so is every fluorescent tube-lit store with cluttered and bright plastic and deep shadows; but then, so is Wal-Mart late at night, so is Ikea. The oddity in Kathmandu is in the plentitude, is in the convenience, is in the tension of a store whose value-add is time saved in a country where time is the resource most in abundance. There are clutches and clutches of everything in the supermarkets of Kathmandu--stores that combine groceries with shoes and school notebooks and kitchenware and towels and clothes floor after floor--for the word here denotes bazaar.

In a country of scarcity, they are loci of abundance, not so much of abundant things as of feelings of the absence of lack, of want.

Bishal Bazaar, New Road, Kathmandu

1 comment:

falcon said...

Hey Mario---
Glad to see you are having great adventures in Nepal. Have you seen any of the protests regarding Tibet?

I am in Chiang Mai, Thailand (the north). If you are traveling around and want to meet up, you are very much encouraged to do so.

Please keep in touch...
Chok dii kap / good luck

Your cousin