Street Hawkers or Pheri Wallas

There was time when women in our society were not used to going out to bazaars for everyday shopping. This developed the culture of street hawkers loaded with everything from fruits and vegetables to jewellery, clothes or even bangles. Everything delivered at your doorstep (a concept of today practised by yesterday’s small entrepreneurs? scrap these fishy multi-nationals!). But that culture is fast dying with our women getting more social and we as a whole getting more liberal everyday. But still in the old areas of Lahore, from Badami Bagh, Old city to all the way Mughalpura or even Saddar, you can spot a Pheri Wall roaming about to sell his goods. Just yesterday as I was riding back to home along canal road, I spotted a small guy selling bangles near one of Dharampura phatak (near this Tomb). Instantly I waved for him and the guy was kind enough to stop for me for a few minutes. (Did I tell you I love bangles?) Loved the name on his rack’s back!

I’d always been uncharacteristically attracted by these Pheri Walla fellows. They do a great job, really. But alas, these fellows are rare to find as our cultural values are fast changing.

1 Comment so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2005 @ 5:54 pm

    nice work man! bangles are girly stuff BUT these jus look very pretty :)

    pheri wala’s are very interesting people, we usually under estimate their knowledge and experiences about life. there is one such old baba with white long beard who is always around Dunkin’ Donuts (gulberg wala) selling small cane baskets n some other beautiful stuff (her daughter is an artist, she makes all that) n a baloon wala who would give all his baloons for Rs 100 or 200 :)



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