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August 19 & 26, 2019

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42 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | AUGUST 19 & 26, 2019 I N PICTURES 2 DELHI, INDIA I t's more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the air is so filled with spice dust that workers hauling the heavy sacks cough and sneeze as they push through crowded alleyways. Shouting and haggling can be heard from the numerous stalls and shops lining the streets and multitiered courtyard as deals are struck. Khari Baoli, touted as Asia's largest spice market, is centered around wholesale trade and bulk goods, rather than smaller sales from casual visitors. Serious buyers can find everything in abundance from chilies and cardamom to nuts and dried fruits. The bustling bazaar is packed and restless, with dogs underfoot and monkeys overhead, and there are no clear maps to point the way to particular shops. It may not be a relaxing trip to a local farmers market, but visitors to Khari Baoli will experience a vibrant slice of Delhi life. r 1 HISTORIC MARKET: Monkeys walk on the roof of the spice market complex known as Khari Baoli. The facades hint at the market's history, which dates to the Mughal Empire. 2 HEAVY LOAD: A worker pushes sacks of spices through the narrow, winding alleys that lead to Khari Baoli. The bazaar is located in the western corner of Old Delhi, not far from the district's famous Red Fort. 3 EXCHANGE: Sudha Vajpai (left) buys nuts from Avneet Kaur at her family business near the en- trance to Khari Baoli Street. Brightly colored shops with jewelry and saris are found in the Chandi Chowk, a larger shopping area surrounding the spice market. 4 AROMATIC INGREDIENT: A buyer examines cardamom pods. Most products are sold in bulk at this wholesale spice market. STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANN HERMES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The spice trade blooms in Delhi 1

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