Gudimalkapur Flower Market- Morning Ragas with Colors
She loves me! She loves me not –
Photography ka keeda is slowly spreading in my mind-body and soul and I visited Gudimalkapur flower market early morning to see some action with flowers. A little history first-I had thought that I had overcome it after I mothballed my film Nikon and after that every single point and shoot camera that we had been monopolized by our daughter.
But then I read about Nikon D7000 and got hooked again. Not that I am very good at photography I just point and shoot and then pray that the subject would have understood that I am clicking the picture and stand still. Well normally this is not the case and I have to reject most of my pictures, thank god almighty for the digital pictures.
Flowers for The Lord
Man Carrying Flowers for sale
Where Are We Headed Today?
Anyways long story short today morning I visited the Gudimalkapur Flower market in Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad with a group of last stage shutterbugs, with a group called Hyderabad Weekend Shoots. The Gudimalkapur wholesale flower marked is hidden on the left side of the PV Narshimarao flyover in a quiet corner of Gudimalakpur. The market receives flowers from Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai and other parts of the country. The hustle bustle starts before sunrise and continues till afternoon. The flowers are highly perishable and need to be sold before they wilt as after that they are good only as cattle feed.
They Look Good But Are They Fresh?
By the time we reached the Gudimalkapur wholesale flower market it was already full of activity with buyers and sellers haggling like in any Indian Bazaar. The riot of colors around us was mesmerizing and for the first few minutes, I was just soaking in the colors, sound, and aroma around me. It was nice to see both Hindus and Muslims buying flowers from the same shop and sharing a joke with the shopkeeper. I guess god does not care from where the flowers are coming from.
Mr. Take me home for your beloved?
But not all flowers are destined to adorn the altar of worship in a temple; some of them were being bought by the florist who will make bouquets for lovers to give to their beloved, yet others will end on the funeral pyre. One wonders what decides if the flower will go and adorn the crown of a deity or will just fall behind to be trampled under the shoes.
Red Roses for Sale at Gudimalkapur Flower Market
A Cycle Loaded with Flowers
So my dear reader next time you want to buy flowers for a function in your family take some time out and visit the Gudimalkapur Flower Market in Gudimalkapur, Hyderabad, not only will you get very good flowers but also experience the colors of India in their most vibrant form.
How to reach Gudimalkapur Flower Market:
The map to reach flower market can be seen by clicking here, just follow the flyover and take a left as shown in the map, or try it in a desi way, once you reach the area ask anybody for directions following the crowd.
Timings: The actions starts at dawn around 5:30 am and most of the shops have sold flowers by 10:30 am.