Every locality has its own market. It is really a small complex of various kinds of the shop—some roofed, some open to the sky. A village market is usually held in the open space in the centre of the surrounding villages. The Paths of the villagers lead to the market-place. There is a daily market there, Of course, there is a difference between a ‘haat’ and a ‘market’ or ‘bazaar’. A ‘haat’ is not held like a ‘market’ daily. It is held only once or twice a week and it is more crowded than a market.
The concept of the ‘market’ or ‘bazaar’ in a modern and wider form under one roof has now been taken up in towns and cities and it is growing more popular day by day. A Big Bazaar attracts the customers giving various facilities and wide range of saleable things, even with the rooms for food and entertainment. And in that sense, a Big Bazaar and a village bazaar are a giant and a baby.
However, there are various kinds of shops in the village market. The villagers get rice, pulse, oil, vegetables, fish, meat and all other necessaries of their daily life from the market. Farmers from far and near come there with their products to sell them off. They sometimes rejoice at their profit and despond over their loss. There are occasional quarrels between the seller and the customer. Some complaint about under-weight and bad quality of the commodities. Some cut jokes, some make angry protests and some pacify the situation. Thus there is always a humming noise in the market place.
A village market is the main centre of economic activity of the village. The traders of the village carry on good business there. Thus the village market bears vital importance in the life of the villagers. However, I must confess that our local market is not very big and clean. I have seen far better markets than that of our locality. Yet I feel more at home in our local market than elsewhere.