Hyderabad - Shilparamam Night Bazaar

When shopping at the markets in India, it's always helpful to have a local with you.  Over dinner at Dil Punjabi, my colleagues and I plotted our strategy...  We arrived at Shilparamam Night Bazaar in Hyderabad and were greeted by terracotta camels and elephants.

We browsed the colorful wares including scarves...
...caftans...
...and colorful long tops.
The bright textiles contrasted sharply against the white walls of the bazaar building.
Local scenes were tucked away on the interior walls.
Our approach to shopping worked well.  We pretended that the items weren't for me but rather for my local friend or her 'aunt' and 'uncle'.  When we discussed whether to buy it or not, we would speak in code:  "I think that would love amazing on your aunt!" meant I love it, bargain for it for me.  "I don't think your uncle would like that" meant lets move on.  For the scarves, we'd say "I think you'd look so much better in green...purple isn't really your color", etc.  I'm sure most of the vendors could see through our ruse but we still managed to bargain down much further than I probably could have on my own.  Shopping with locals is always great fun and a more rewarding experience than going it alone.

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