A Village Market
A village market is a place where the villagers assemble from around to buy and sell commodities necessary for everyday life. So it is an important buying and selling centre for the villagers. It is the backbone of the rural economy. It is a place of great noise and bustle during market hours.
There are two kinds of village markets – the daily market and the periodic market. The daily market is held in the forenoon and the periodic market is held once or twice a week in the afternoon. Crowds of people gather in the market for making sales and purchases.
A village market is generally held in an open place by the side of a river or a canal or a road. It is divided broadly into three parts. Open space temporary sheds and permanent sheds. Usually shops of the same kind sit together in the open space. Here milk, fruit, betel leaves, vegetables, fish etc. are sold. In the temporary sheds there sit the grocers. These sheds are made in rows with sufficient space in between two rows for the buyers to move freely. The area where the fishermen sit for the sale of fish is the most crowded part in the market.
The remaining part of the market consists of permanent shops or stalls, also arranged in rows. Here the shopkeepers sell rice, wheat, pulse, flour, sugar, fried rice, molasses, ghee, spices, cloth and other useful things. This part of the market is less crowded, because the things sold there are not usually of daily need. Fish, milk, vegetables, rice, pulse, eggs, poultry are generally cheaper in a village market because these are available in villages. Clothes, shoes, suitcases and other fancy goods are dearer, because these are bought here from towns paying changes of conveyance.
The village market is not free from some drawbacks. There is no fixed price of articles here. Another defect is its unclean condition. There are no public sweepers to sweep away rubbish and filth from the market.
In spite of all these, the village market does great service to the rural people. It saves them from the trouble and expenses of going to distant places to buy things of daily use. It is the meeting place of the village people and they also get news and views from here.