Dozens of shikaras* filled with fruits and vegetables jostle for space on Dal Lake, Kashmir, as farmers transact the early morning business of Srinagar’s wholesale produce market. Some farmers tend floating gardens: They weave stalks of water plants into a living offshore raft, cover it with soil, and then plant crops.
* The shikara is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Shikaras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people.
This is such a beautiful shot, both literally and figuratively. Typically this time of year I start thinking about the farmers market and that I can’t wait to see what new things I’ll find. After seeing this image on my Instagram feed I realized the people of India are doing the same thing, bringing their goods to sell at the market. We are all just people in this world working hard to make a living. At least the last time I checked it was.
Bright colored fruits and vegetables against the rustic-ness of the shikaras (wooden boats), woven together like needlepoint stitches to create this amazing farmers market on water. Here in MN, unfortunately we don’t have the shikaras lined up waiting for customers, we have large trucks that bring the farmers product to market for selling.
We have all been blessed to live in this world, and when life slows down just enough to catch a glimpse you realize it’s amazing. We MUST do our part to learn and educate ourselves about all of the many cultures that make up the world’s population, enrich your mind.