A Village Market
Every big village in Bangladesh has a market. It is an important place for the villagers. They buy and sell things they need in their daily life at the village market.
The village market is in an open place in the village. It usually sits next to a road or by the side of a river or canal, so the villagers can easily come and go.
There are two types of village markets - "hats" and "bazars." Bazars are open every day in the morning and close at noon. Hats are open once or twice a week in the afternoon and continue until early night.
The village market is divided into three sections - open space, temporary shops, and permanent shops. Vegetables, milk, fish, fruit, and betel nut are sold in the open space. It's always crowded as people buy their daily necessities here. Grocers sell their goods in the temporary shops. They offer items like oil, salt, onion, garlic, ginger, and pulses. In the permanent shops, cloth, shoes, wheat, rice, flour, ghee, spices, and stationary items are sold. There are also sweetmeat sellers who sell treats but don't always cover them properly. Tailors have their shops too and are busy cutting and sewing. On hat days, one or two cows and goats are slaughtered, and people buy meat. People can also buy fowls, hens, ducks, etc. Cattle are sold in some big markets. There are also tea-stalls and barber shops.
However, a village market has some drawbacks. There are no fixed prices for items, and customers may be cheated. The market is not clean as there is no public sweeper to clean the rubbish and filth. Sometimes, arguing over prices leads to quarrels. Additionally, shopkeepers may face oppression from local toughs and criminals.
Despite the drawbacks, a village market is very useful and important for the villagers. It's a place where they meet their family and various people. They can sell their extra products and buy their daily necessities, saving time and money.