Monday, January 25, 2010

Walli-to-Wallah

In anticipation of my Indian voyage, Meg shared a fantastic article to familiarize myself with every wallah from Kashmir to Kerala. Wallah, or the feminine form walli, is a catchall term for people of a certain occupation, such as dudhwallah [milkman], subziwallah [vegetable man], and so on. These well honed entrepreneurs dominate the bustling streets with their perfected trades, services and smiles.

Juice Wallah

Dabbawallahs [lunch box delivery]

Band Wallah

Phul [flower] Wallah

Dukaan [shop] Walli

Recycle Wallah

I can't help but think this would make another darling calling card title — what kind of wallah/walli are you?

[photos by Meena Kadri.]

11 comments:

Meg said...

fabricpeddling walli! :) SO cute! You're going to have a ball. I love looking at these photos!

Courtney said...

That's a pretty fabulous description, Meg! And spot on. Do you think I could get away with "Enthusiast Walli"... I mean, these days I'm rather enthusiastic about pretty much anything and everything I can get my hands on (photography, travel, cooking, card playing, laughing, writing, blah blah blah....)

Frau said...

Great pictures.....I can't wait for your adventure to India.

Paige said...

Diaper Wallah? :) You Are My Sunshine Singing Wallah? Or maybe a Tickle Wallah? :) Can you tell motherhood is on the brain? :)

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

awesome, love the photos too.

TheBeautyFile said...

dogwalking blogging gradstudent walli!!!

have the best trip ever!! i can not wait to see your photos and hear all about your great adventures!

Poverty Dieter said...

GORGEOUS. How does one aquire such an interesting life as yours? Hmmmm...maybe not get knocked up at age 18 like I did?? Hmmm.....

You're quite the creative inspiration. Thanks! Oh, and when I saw the title of your blog on Hill Country House, I knew you were referring to either Dallas or Houston. It's always better inside the loop. :-)

Vanessa said...

Writer walli! Every single picture you post of India makes me want to go more and more. World traveling walli?

kristina said...

uh, jealous wallah? i want to go to india... seems way more fun than staying stateside as a wedding planning wallah.

Amy said...

You will adore India. I spent a summer in India and fell in love. I keep making plans to go back and spend another summer there. Hot or not it's the bees knees.

K.K. said...

Love you pictures so much!

India is one of my next travel destinations. All these colourful impressions must be overwhelming :)