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Artisan At Work

The place used to be frequented by devotees buying religious goods on the way to nearby temples. But these days, only six of the 15 shops selling religious goods, such as statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities, are still open.

Artisan At Work

The place used to be frequented by devotees buying religious goods on the way to nearby temples. But these days, only six of the 15 shops selling religious goods, such as statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities, are still open.

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 27 Apr 2016, 01:29
It is a great image, Ayush.

But...I don't know of any Buddhist deities...of course there are many Hindu ones, which could certainly fill a shop... smile
Ayush Basu: I could be wrong but I think the Chinese version of Buddhism differs from the Thai one. And yes, in Hinduism there is perhaps a God or Goddess for just about everything under the sun, Ray.
That is a wonderful shot.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Michael.
What a great capture Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Apr 2016, 06:20
You surprise me, I thought there was infinite demand for these things
Ayush Basu: Earlier there certainly was a lot of demand for deity statues, both at homes and commercial places, along with other items that go together (incense sticks, oils, lamps and so on). But I suppose this is a general trend and not necessarily something to the pending demolition of these blocks, Chris.
WOW. I'm with Chris, surprised by what you have written here, Ayush. Do you know why?
Ayush Basu: The others have perhaps moved out and set up shop elsewhere (I am guessing). Earlier there certainly was a lot of demand for deity statues, both at homes and commercial places, along with other items that go together (incense sticks, oils, lamps and so on). But I suppose this is a general trend and not necessarily something to the pending demolition of these blocks, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2016, 08:07
Wonderful portrait. Love the stock behind him.. and his concentration. I am with Chris and Ginnie... how come?
Ayush Basu: Earlier there certainly was a lot of demand for deity statues, both at homes and commercial places, along with other items that go together (incense sticks, oils, lamps and so on). But I suppose this is a general trend and not necessarily something to the pending demolition of these blocks, Astrid.
One day there might be one shop, and people will say, "Do you know, there used to be six shops here"
Ayush Basu: grin
Followed by "yeah but more importantly, we made a ton of money!"
I am also surprised by the demise of the shops.
Ayush Basu: The others have perhaps moved out and set up shop elsewhere (I am guessing). Earlier there certainly was a lot of demand for deity statues, both at homes and commercial places, along with other items that go together (incense sticks, oils, lamps and so on). But I suppose this is a general trend and not necessarily something to the pending demolition of these blocks, Bill...
Times are tough everywhere I guess.
Ayush Basu: You are right, Mary. And sometimes you get that message just walking around and seeing how things are changing in the neighbourhood.
It is rather intriguing as to what he is actually making.
Ayush Basu: He was making a frame, which would further be developed and embellished. I would have liked to take more shots but I had a 50mm lens and I was allowed to take only one shot. It's that "do not invade my personal space" thing, Brian.
I wonder what he's making now...
Ayush Basu: It will probably be a frame or a platform on which the deity will be sitting/standing, Larry.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Apr 2016, 17:40
I like pictures of people at work. That is an interesting observation about the decline in sales. I wonder what the reason would be, since there are supposed to be more people (clients) than a few years ago.
Ayush Basu: Perhaps not that religious minded, Louis.
The others have perhaps moved out and set up shop elsewhere (I am guessing). Earlier there certainly was a lot of demand for deity statues, both at homes and commercial places, along with other items that go together (incense sticks, oils, lamps and so on). But I suppose this is a general trend and not necessarily something to the pending demolition of these blocks.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Apr 2016, 17:52
He looks very contented in his work, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I agree, Pauline. He was absorbed in his task at hand, and somewhat stoic about the pending demolition, I suppose.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Apr 2016, 18:11
Let's hope they get another good market, Ayush
Ayush Basu: I have no doubt they will, Lisl. But the chances are that rentals at a new place will be significantly higher and somebody will have to bite that substantial bullet.
A dying craft!
Ayush Basu: Sadly, that is correct. These handmade creations have no chance of competing with mass production in a product segment that general is seeing decline, Tom.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2016, 05:56
Très joli portrait de cet artisan.
Ayush Basu: He was doing very well, Martine. Thank you.
Il est très bon.

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