Just about three small cars wide, this street in Laitumkhrah is one of the busiest places in Shillong. Considerably empty during the holiday season and jammed rest of the year. (Shillong traffic ranks second in the country in terms of vehicles to population ratio. Isn’t that strange? I find it very strange.) On either side of this street, there are general stores, boutiques, a meat/vegetable market, a dying parking lot, seconds’ shops or box like structures that fit about 4 people at a time, small local restaurants/jadoh stalls(the best thing), cafes, ATMs, liquor stores, game parlours, a post office, back lanes where young people sit in their parked cars to talk, drink, smoke, eat.
When I try to think about it now, I am only able to picture the cafes, shops selling old clothes, jadoh stalls, and the back lanes.
I hung out in this area almost every day. These photos are from January 2011. Most shops were shut as shopkeepers were on the new year holiday break but some stay shut for longer than usual. In Errol’s words: Everyone is too fucking lazy here.
As a slow traveller with no intent of doing anything in particular, you could spend all your days here; there is always something to do.
Photos below show how the town people dressed on any given day(except Sundays).
Old women in patterned sweaters. Young girls in Converse, skinnies, and Uggs. Big warm plaid shawls & Khasi bags on both young & poor. No saris. No kurta-pajamas.