Friday Market merchants at Mapusa, September 20th, 2013

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Satyavati is from Colvale, Goa and sells Bananas and Papayas grown in her garden. She spoke in Konkani and was happy to be photographed and drawn. She would have been happier still if we had bought her papaya.

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Gujju Chauhan is a powerful looking woman from Bijapur, Karnataka, selling chunky jewellery, trinkets and bags sourced from Belagaum. She stood casually listening to our reasons for inquiry with an appearance of mild amusement. Her gaze searching. Answers brief. We were utterly grateful.

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Joaquina D’souza is the daughter-in-law of

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John Baptiste who has been selling antique wares at the Friday Market for decades

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John claimed that he was first a Prophet then a scientist. We believe.

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Dashrath Valekar hails from Ponda, Goa and is a seller of bed covers and blankets which he sources from Bombay.

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