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The Mapusa lose/find game involved the Mapusa Mappers splitting up into 4 groups of 4-5 people. Each group then writes 4-5 tasks for another group to accomplish. This is the twist because when you write a task you know, you don’t have to do it but on the other hand someone is writing up a task for you, and it may well be a tricky one. Once all groups had their tasks, we set out to do them in Mapusa market in the space of an hour. The tasks we got were:

Task 1: Find and photograph 10 handmade items.

There is an absolute abundance of handmade goods in Mapusa Market like brooms, chappals, a variety of bamboo products, pottery, a variety of forged tools, handicrafts from all over india perhaps one of the most high quality and unique products are the coir ropes which are also used to bind brooms, the bamboo basket makers can be found at the back of the market, by the banana wholesalers.

Task-2:  Find 10 different imitation products and document them, each one of them must be from a different shop inside the market complex.

Imitation products can also be found very much in abundance, imitation brands in clothes, watches, bags, belts etc. with quirky alterations like a “Fostrank” and “Reedok” school bag, Nokia and Sony shopping bags etc. can be found in many of the shops, an exact copy of the classic Casio F-91W is available with a street watch seller, except its a Gasio.

Task 3: Find 6 products made from the jackfruit tree and photograph them.

This task was the hardest for the group as it remains unfinished, with only 3 jackfruit tree items documented:

Jackfruit leaf disposable plates (which can be found in the flower market; it is a great example of a truly ecological product), jack fruit chips and a kind of cheese locally called ‘saata’ are available at the sweetmeat shops opposite the flower market. Later on, after the presentation, we found out that  jackfruit lumber (a hardwood) is used to make various kinds of furniture like stools, tables and tools such as the coconut grinder (seen in the photos of the handmade items above).

Task 4: Take pictures of local deities inside the market complex and document the donation boxes besides each.

Task 5: Find and buy a locally made liqueur filled chocolate

Chocolate liqueur can be found at Carmins sweetmeat shop near the flower market. The chocolates are filled with either ‘feni’ (a wine made from cashew) or coconut palm rum.

10 village ladies with flowers in their hair

Task 1

Find 10 women with Abolis in their hair. Which village do they come from?

Abolis are out of season! But jasmine and roses are in. The women match the colours of the flowers to their clothes, and seem happy to be clicked too!

Task 2

Record ten sounds in the Fish Market

A general chaotic cacophony! We tried to pick out some different and distinctive everyday sounds, sharpening and grinding; fisherfolk hawking their catch;  a lot clattering and chopping. Even a bird that’s spotted cat…

Task 3

Find the entry and exit points for five market vendors. How did they arrive?

Here are the entry points

Here are the entry points

Normally people come in the quickest way and make straight for their stall, though one person made a visit to the Fish Market first. Different modes of transport for different folk – by foot for locals from  Mapusa, by bus from those living in  nearby villages, or by two wheeler. No private cars – maybe parking problems? One group of village women arrive and depart in a pick-up.

Task 4

Find three garbage collection points

Wheelie bin 1a loose collection....of garbageWheelie bin no 3

Mostly collected on the edges of the market, most of the collections happen in the evening, by truck. There’s plenty of garbage lying around though. Some of the organic waste is collected for the pigs

Task 5

Discover three stories about the Shakuntala fountain

Everyone has their own version of the story, we were referred from shop to shop until the authoritative voice of Pradip Salgaokar. His shop, in the family for two generations and since the market was opened in 1960 was one of only five visited by the Portuguese Governor General, and he has the photo to prove it. No one really seems to know why Shakuntala was chosen above any other figure, though it seems there could be no agreement about a more political  theme. She’s repainted every year, so looks as fresh as ever and still seems to be a main focal point for the market, our meeting point too.

The Game: 4 teams (Pink, Orange, Yellow, Red) with 4/5 members each are created. Each team in collaboration think up 5 tasks that challenge the participants to engage with the market in interesting ways so as to gather information. The tasks are shuffled and each team end up with a set of 4 tasks written by other groups.

The orange team had the following tasks:

1. Find and identify 5 varieties of bananas and photograph yourself with them.

 

Orijit: Went to the Bananas corner of the market, which is near the far end abutting the bus stand – and quite quickly discovered 4 different varieties on sale. They were Velchi bananas are tiny and flavourful. The Sakhari (from Sakhar, Sachharin) are sweet as their name suggested. The Gaonti’s were a little under-ripe (my fault – I selected the greener looking ones because I liked the colour). The Amti (from Aam, Mango-like) were sweet/sour, again as the name suggests. These were all being trucked in from Mysore. For the fifth variety, I went to the ladies located diagonally across at the other end of the market who sell the locally grown varieties. From one of them I bought 3 large Mandoli bananas – super expensive at almost 30 rupees each. Very large, and meaty almost – eating one is like having a light meal. Need to discover more about the legendary, controversial and elusive Moira bananas!

2. Find a place in the market where you can get your spectacles repaired.

 

Anita: I discovered Dangui opticians by asking around in some watch repairing shops about where I could get my spectacles repaired and in all the places they said, “Go to Dangui…they are the best” and then, they gave me directions to shop number 58. I wanted to speak to the people inside but decided to go there another day as they were busy attending to customers. I noticed that Dangui opticians was established way back in 1933 ..it would be nice to know whether it was always located in this place and the kind of services it provided to customers back then

3. Document all the ingredients and find out where they are available in the market for Goan Fish curry and Reshado masala.

Anita: Diagonally opposite the spectacle repair shop, is Royal T stores.
Here I met Olly who prepares Recheado paste and Fish Curry Powder at her home cum workshop at Khorlim, Mapusa. I bought packets of Fish Curry powder and Recheado paste, and asked her about the ingredients, as they were not mentioned on the packets. Olly was kind enough to share the ingredients with me:
OLLY’S RECIPES
For the fish curry: jeera, coriander seeds, local red chillies, dry coconut and turmeric powder
For the racheado masala paste: local coconut vinegar, tamarind, sugar, ginger garlic paste, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and red kashmiri chillies and salt

4. Find an object that you dont know the purpose of and each member invent a function for it.

 

Bahbak:

Functions:

a) Dumbell

b) Elephant’s earbud

c) Accu-preassure tool

d) salsa/herb crusher

e) finger dexterity tool

5) Find a local musical instrument and sing a local Konkani song along with it. Record a video.

 

Tabasheer: So there are no musical instruments shop within the market. There is one outside the market behind the Mapusa Church called ‘ Taught to Teach’.  Anyhow, I improvised.

We were divided into 4 teams of 5 members and wrote 5 tasks and exchanged amongst the teams…Task were meant to aid exploration and mingling with the people in the market to undestand  where they come from while experiencing local culture…the first team which completes all five task within the shortest period of time wins