Bottlan :: Bottles

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Docklands, Australia

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‘Bottlan’ is the plural form of the Hindi/Punjabi versions of the word bottle. I don’t know if there is an indigenous word, or if it was just transliterated across.

Campa Cola thrived when Coca Cola was thrown out of India in 1983. However, it began to die off in the mid 90s as Pepsi, then Coke entered India during economic liberalisation. Today these bottles serve only as a reminder of this non-existant brand.

This is a fruit juice and beverage stall and these bottles store frozen water. Sitting above them are limes, which are favoured over lemons in India. I wonder if this is because Ayurveda (India’s system of medicine that included 8 medical specialities including medicine, surgery and psychiatry, around 6000 years old) seems to favour them.

Shot at Lajpat Nagar Market, a ‘bazaar’ (another Hindi word) in the suburbs of South Delhi.

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