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 BUSTLING 'MONDA'                                              PhotoFeature
Various pots for all occasionsMonda market is one of the biggest vegetable markets in the twin cities. Known as the buyer's paradise, Monda market (Hissamganj market) is an ever-bustling center for fresh vegetables and fruits in Secunderabad.

Located about half a kilometer from the Secunderabad Railway Station and a few yards away from the Gandhi hospital, Monda market was established more than 100 years ago primarily to cater to the needs of the British military regiments. It gradually developed into one of the biggest markets in the twin cities dealing with wholesale and retail sale of vegetables and grains. Along the market road, on either side, petty vendors eke out a living by selling vibrant flowers, fruits, toys, bangles and other fancy items.

Ever bustling Monda marketIt is an everyday fair at this busy mart as the place echoes with the throaty calls of the vendors while the customers crouch under the weight of their loaded bags. Shopping in the market is quite an experience to any buyer, as one often has to fight for room in the narrow lanes with cows and goats. "Shopping should be made easy here. For this, Government has to take some steps and see that cows do not enter the market," says Mrs. Sukheshini of Marredpally. But when it comes to cleanliness, the market has certainly shown some improvement over the years. "The market was in a bad condition with rotten vegetables and fruits strewn all around the place. But thanks to the Exnora Tricycle now the market wears a clean look, " says Mr. Mohan Rao, a fruit vendor in Monda market.

The major business is through vegetablesPeople can find different items like diary products, groceries and household articles for the most affordable price in and around the market. But one should remember that bargaining is a must in the market- a safe margin to ask for is 10-15% off the stated price. " There is a wide bargaining scope available here and all housewives love to shop at this place," says Mrs. Rama Shiva Prasad of Secunderabad. Although, Raithu Bazaars (Former's markets), super markets, weekly bazaars (santha) are ubiquitous now, people from all corners of the twin cities and also from the nearby villages surely visit the Monda market atleast once in a week. "Buying in Monda market has become a hobby for me. I make sure that I visit this place every week, " says Sumitra, a house wife from Bollaram.

-Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
-Photographs by: KP Devadasan

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