Men of Shillong | Police Bazaar

I spent a lot of time in Police Bazaar during my stay in Shillong in January. First eight photos are from Iewduh market, rest are from PB.

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Iewduh is the Khasi word for Big Market..also known as Bada Bazaar in Hindi. It’s the largest open street market in north-eastern India. Practically everything is available here – fruits, vegetables, fish to typical medicinal herbs and plants to traditional wood, bamboo handicrafts, and woolen handmade shawls + all the other regular stuff. 

On Sundays from 5 a.m. till the ‘good stock lasts’(usually till 11a.m.), this place holds a market for clothes. Peddlers pile up their stock of clothes on the side pavements and push carts.

A typical pile contains mixed items of clothes- shirts, jeans, coats, etc…and sells for anything between sheepoh(10) Rupees to sanspoh(500) Rupees. Irrespective of prices being dirt cheap..bargaining is normal.

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Police Bazaar is a major hub for all sorts of activities and is packed with street side stalls of food, jewelry, shoes, clothes..to small basement malls and arcades and restaurants and hotels.

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Skinnies with Converse is one of the most common sights in Shillong..although seen less on men and more on women. There are 2 exclusive Converse stores in Shillong and it feels like every person in Shillong owns at least a pair of them. 

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Shillong, other than being known as the fashion capital of India(along with Kohima?), is also known as the rock capital of India. About 90% of the people I met, knew how to play at least one musical instrument really well. However the tag ‘rock capital’ is not quite correct as they’re inspired by music of all kind – from Eminem to Poison to Dave Weckl to Bach, and they do make a lot of music other than rock.

Also, Bollywood is their last source of inspiration for anything but they do like the regular cheesy Bollywood films.

For most, the influences vary from Korean pop stars(RainShinee) to Japanese films(Crows Zero) to the regular mainstream American sitcoms and music videos. If anybody can think of anything else, please add.

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A knife maker above wearing Puma sweatshirt and a watch seller below.

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I loosely connect the way this watch seller is wearing his watches, to this style that has been on the runway here at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac SS 11 show.
Although, multiple time pieces around the wrist is nothing new for fashion bloggers, and this style falls in the same category as the multiple belts – serving no real practical purpose…but still..interesting to document.

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Next up : some of the most common men’s hairstyles in Shillong.

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28 Responses to “Men of Shillong | Police Bazaar”

  1. Jyoti Says:

    I am from the north east…not been there for 4 years now.
    Thanks for reminding me of home🙂

  2. Stacey Aydeniz Says:

    Love it! Love it! Miss home.. I’m posting this on the Shillong page in facebook. Thanks for sharing🙂

  3. Banlam Warjri Says:

    Some really nice captures in this mix. As someone from Shillong, I must say, khublei!
    Just two corrections, though: 10 = “Shiphew” and 500 = “Sanspah”

  4. Soma Dutt Bardhan Says:

    Amazing photography. Loved the way you have presented the whole thing.🙂

  5. Daphira Khongwir Says:

    Loved the way you captured Old timers…and fast forward to the gen Z. Khublei.

  6. jyotika purwar Says:

    So fcking fashionable everyone. I love the layering, the pattern, the shoes. I love the patterned sweat jacket. Been looking for cool patterned hip hop jackets.

  7. jyotish dutta Says:

    nice pics……🙂

  8. Siddartha Ghosh Says:

    Excellent pictutes Soma….! These pto brings the fond memory of the beautiful city of Shillong isaw long ago …Thanks

  9. Manou Says:

    Khublei shibun you all. And thank you Stacey..for sharing.
    Banlam, thanks for correcting..will update! Although I’m sure my pronunciation is right as I picked it up from the guy at Iewduh who was chanting “shee-poh” all throughout that one morning.

  10. shooting star Says:

    what an interesting bunch of photos!!!…shillong is one place i really want to visit!!!

  11. Bee Says:

    OMG- you have such a grt eye for fashion!!! Im amazed… btw- how do u manage to get their pics?

  12. simple girl Says:

    lovely pictures and nice write up to go with it.. loved all of them..

  13. a Says:

    I love all the leather or leatherish jackets on the men but they’d look super cute on super cute girls too. Fashion-forward indeed!

  14. kingkhap Says:

    very nice…..loved all d pics

  15. Banshai Dkhar Says:

    Great pics, you really do have an eye for fashion! Cheers!

  16. Daniel Syiem Says:

    Finally a coverage on Men’s fashion/ style in Shillong… by the looks of it we’r not that far off from the ladies…

  17. Pyndap Says:

    thaz ma shillong right there! so proud.🙂

  18. Matt Aslam Says:

    Amazing photography! Good job! Khublei! Shillong is the fashion capital of the northeastern India and i’m proud to be from that corner of the world! \m/

  19. kasia433@onet.eu Says:

    amazing photos. Thank you for them🙂

    BTW, I’m your big fan – your style is really original and I read your blog very often and I just wonder..if we could follow each other.. But even if your answer is “no” I’ll be still your reader ♥

    xoxo

    chocarome.blogspot.com

  20. lepchack Says:

    🙂 how fun! great post and yes, on the music front, let’s not forget guns n roses… (not the chinese democracy stuff) the old ones when the grass is pretty and the girls are green…:) what a great documentation of shillong streets! thoroughly enjoyed the post:):)

  21. Xando B Rapsang Says:

    koooool………….

  22. Saundarya Srinivasan Says:

    there’s a picture of my friend in there too!!

  23. Shekhar Dahal Says:

    m there yippie

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  25. mrinmoy sharma Says:

    wow n wonderfull

  26. Edmund Says:

    wonderfull !!!!!

  27. W Says:

    That’s really a cool collection of men and pictures of Shillong as most of us are unaware of their dressing style and sense. As this post capture images from all age group so its more resourceful.

  28. ryan Says:

    proud to be from north east india.

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