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Nepal Bazzar 98A Belmont street, worcester

Personal Narrative- Camille Mowry-O’Neill

We finally pull up alongside a small smoke shop in Worcester. Calls of “Is this it?” “Where is it?” “I see it!” echo through the small van. We are headed to the Nepal Bazzar, a little grocery shop selling goods from Nepal. I know there will be good food, as Indian and Nepal cuisine is my favorite. We enter the little shop, and our chaperone gives us all five dollars. We all look around, heads turning to view the surroundings. I take in a whiff of air, it smells of the smoke outside followed by a hint of spices, coming from somewhere in the shop. I look around the bazzar, at the small aisles and stands of food. We start to spread out, and I find my way around the bazzar. I squeeze my way through the packed aisles, piled high with goods from Nepal. The only sound in the Bazzar are the voices of my chaperone talking with the cashier of the store. I move in the direction of their voices, listening to them talk about where they were from. The cashier says he is from Nepal, as he shows my chaperone caramel sweets he claims he ate growing up. Finally, the group starts to gather and we look at each other’s empty hands. Our chaperone says we should start making some purchases, and we all head in the same direction.

After selecting numerous packages of chips, drinks and sweets from the shelves near the entrance, we pay and make our way to the bus. We board it, plastic bags in hand full of the items we purchased. Most of us manage to stay within our five dollar budget, and I hear satisfied chatter as we sit down in our seats. The bus starts to roll along as we move to pick up the other group that went with us. We return; we exit the bus and head to the large lunch room where we are supposed to go. We enter through the large doors to find somewhere to put down all of the food we bought. We find a table and drop the baggage, starting to unpack our purchases. Emerging from the bags are chip packages, sweet packages, mango lassi drinks and even pickled mango. I unload my own bag, an almond milk drink, Lay’s ‘magic masala’ chips, and a bag of something labeled solely as ‘masala munchies’. We start eating things, and the room is filled with sounds of wrappers crunching and lids popping. The first thing I reach for is the almond drink. As I open the can, I smell a sweet yet familiar smell, mango lassi. I sure hope someone has bought that, I think to myself. I let the chunky liquid slide into my mouth, tasting something sweet, filled with little almond bits. It reminds me of kheer, a sweet, milky rice pudding I always love. I put that drink down and make a move for the ‘masala munchies’ in my bag. As I open the package I smell a familiar spice, reminding me of the chicken tikka masala ‘meal for one’s that I used to eat when I was in the United Kingdom. Hence the name ‘masala munchies’, I think. I taste that familiar spice, but it is slightly different in powder form on a crunchy chip than in a hot bowl of chicken. It is still undeniably delicious. This snack is light and crunchy, yet it has its kick of spice. It’s then as I’m consuming more of these delectable munchies, that I notice a mango lassi across the table. I move straight towards it and pour the sweet yellow liquid into my empty cup. It tastes as I remember it, smooth, creamy, with a dominant taste of mango. I’m pretty satisfied with the food we found at the Nepal bazaar.

Overall, I love Indian and Nepal cuisine. From its strong spices to its smooth milky drinks, this cuisine is one of a kind. In a store like the Nepal bazaar, you may find yourself indulging in fond memories of familiar foods, or discovering new favorites you’ll be wanting again. Whatever the occasion, these stores are great places to shop and eat.

Nepal Bazzar Poem- Trisha Pahari

I’m greeted by a smiling face

I learned a lot about the nepali race.

Spices everywhere that fill the air

Mango a sweet treat

Colorful dresses,

Unique candy that is so fancy

Spicy chips with many dips

Red and yellow flowers tower

“This is another nice spice” he says

We take a tour that is very merry

Goodbye we say to the guy

Our bags are filled

Plop!

Arriving back at school

We put our bags on the tables

We eat and enjoy

Burst of mango

Made me want to tango

It was a nice place

With many nice faces

Personal narrative- Nathan Lee

The first thought I had as I stood there was the interesting smell. The store smelled like spices, but different than most spices I have smelled. This unique smell is the first thing I think of when I remember the market. For a school project, this was very exciting. A couple people walk by, as the classmates in my group observe and take photos of the colorful outside. A maroon sign with the title of the store rests on the side of the building, inviting us in. It’s almost like they know we are coming, having one of our school colors, which makes me feel more relaxed. The windows are covered with bright, popping advertisements. One reads, “Welcome...it will be our pleasure to help you.” As I look around, the whole outside of the building eases my nerves. With just a few glances, my thoughts go from I’ve never been here, I don’t know what it's like, to this’ll be fun! I get to try new food!

The door is propped open, telling us to leave the freezing outside, and walk into the comfortable interior. After taking a few more photos, we walk inside. The warmth feels amazing. Going through the doorway, there is the Nepal flag, the most unique flag of any country. Instead of a rectangle, it is shaped like two triangles connected. It’s red, blue, and white, with two figures inside. The flag is hung from the top of the door, decorated with red and yellow flowers. I see a cooler with sodas and lots of mango drinks. I think I see a mango lassi! It’s one of my favorite drinks, and is basically a mango smoothie. In front of the cooler is a rack with gum, and candy. Looking around, I saw mostly food that I don’t know, but was surprised to find chips and candy that I can find at an American store. I explored the rest of the store, and found all sorts of amazing things. Besides food, there were clothes, bracelets, statues, sunglasses, soap, and a lot more. I was astounded at the amount of items being sold that weren’t food. In the aisles were the traditional Nepali ingredients. It was great to see food that I have never seen or tasted before. Everywhere I looked, there was something. So many options! I visited the back of the store which had fresh fruit, and milk. On my way there, I passed meat in a freezer. This store has everything!

My chaperone passed me five dollars to spend on food. Everyone else in my group also got five dollars. I kept pacing around the store because I couldn’t decide what to buy. The cashier was very helpful in answering my questions and suggesting items. Everything looked so good. I think I visited the same food over three times. Finally, I bought a mango juice-box and lychee gummies. My group members bought other food that I never even saw in the store. We said goodbye, left the store, and boarded the bus to go back to school. I couldn’t wait to try all this food!

The entrance to the store
Artwork by Nathan

Artist’s Statement; Nathan

My artwork is a drawing of the Nepal flag on its side, decorated with flowers and food from Nepal. The title of my piece is Nepal Culture. First, I sketched out my image in pencil, and then I outlined the pencil in sharpie, finishing it off by coloring it in with markers. This artwork was inspired by my school trip to a market called Nepal Bazzar, for a project. The doorway had the Nepal flag, embellished with red and yellow flowers, which is where I got my idea for my drawing. My goal was to represent my experience at the market with artwork. By creating this piece, I learned more about the food and culture of Nepal, and dove deeper into the trip to the market than I would have otherwise.

Some staues in the Bazaar, artwork by Trisha

Artist’s Statement; Trisha

This is a painting of Buddha. The top of this painting has Nepal Bazzar written like the store front. This type of art is called the Madhubani style which is a Nepali art form. I drew the picture then traced it in black marker. After I painted the picture. I did this, because as I was in the store there were a lot of statue. The most common statue was Buddha, so I decided to paint him. Since I saw this statue in the store I drew the name of the market in the same way it did at the store. My piece first was gonna be the storefront. But as I looked through my pictures and writing from the market I realized this painting has more meaning then a painting of the storefront. I think for the period of time I was given I did well, but if I was given more time I could do better.

On top is an art piece from Joy Awumi, below are pictures of Chilean National Park, a wildlife park in Nepal

Artist’s Statement; Joy

I made a Madhubani piece. Madhubani is a popular style of art in Nepal and India. It is made by drawing designs, outlining them and painting them. My piece is an elephant surrounded by some geometric designs meant to resemble real Madhubani art. I started by drawing an elephant because the main religion in Nepal is Hinduism and elephants are one of the animals important in the Hindu religion. I then worked on the designs and I tried my hardest to make it look real, using references I found online. Then, I used colorful paint to really bring my piece alive. This art was inspired by the Nepal Bazzar in Worcester. It is the Nepali grocery store that I went to with my group. My goal was to make a realistic Madhubani piece while incorporating a little bit of my style and correlating it to my visit at the market. I think I achieved that goal because it is definitely my style of drawing and geometric design inspired by the aspects of culture in the market. It came out looking much better than I expected it to and I’m very proud of it.

Amazing necklaces full of colors from Nepal

OP-ED- Joy Awumi

Nepal Bazzar is a local Nepali grocery store on 98A Belmont Street, in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s a very small store that can easily go unnoticed, as it does not have anything that makes it stand out. For such a small store, it is full of Nepalese food and household items which explains its amazing reviews online. When you first walk in, you will notice that the store itself is very small and the aisles are a bit narrow. This is not a bad thing because the store has a lot to offer/sell, but it is good to know beforehand if you think it might affect your shopping experience. For example, it might be hard to shop there if you have a child in a stroller or if you are a person that is uncomfortable with small spaces. The next thing I noticed was the distinct smell of Nepali culture. I felt like I was really in Nepal because I could see, smell, and even hear aspects of Nepal and its amazing culture.

Shelves of onions

The Nepal Bazzar really surprised me with what they have for such a small store. Items included meat, desserts, fruits, vegetables, drinks, household items, candy, and more. As I browsed the aisles again and again, I noticed all the interesting Nepali foods they have to offer. My favorite part was finding foods I had done research on beforehand. I learned about the ingredients and what goes into making it, so seeing it made for a great experience. Most of the items in the store are packaged foods meant to be taken home and cooked. They also had snacks that could be eaten without prep. I bought cream puffs and a mango juice. As a group we bought caramel candies, sour cream and onion chips, milk cake, fruit candy, almond milk, and mango pickle. The store also had a lot of mango flavored items to offer, so we bought a few different mango juices.

Decorations at the bazaar

The food that we bought tasted very good. Cream puffs and mango juice are things that you can find at any American grocery store. What I liked about it, was that it wasn’t as sweet as the American versions of them would probably be.The cream puffs were crispy on the outside and the cream on the inside had flavor without being overly sweet and sugary. The mango juice was an amazing drink with the cream puffs because it tasted like real mangos without any unnecessary sweetness. American mango snacks and drinks are usually very sweet and don’t taste like a real mango. The mango juice was my favorite item from the store. The store was mostly empty during my time there. The only person working there at the time was the cashier, Binod. He also made our shopping experience better because he answered all our questions and taught us a little bit about the foods of the market. He even showed us his favorite food from his childhood.

I think it’s a very well run store with a nice variety of food. For anyone who wants to try Nepali food or is trying to find any Nepali food in the area, I definitely recommend Nepal Bazzar. It also has great online reviews which were proven true by my experience there.

Artist’s statement; Emma Nelson

The place I went to for my market Guidebook project is the Nepal Bazzar market and my artwork is based off of the Madhubani art style of Nepal and India. My artwork is a wolf with a swirly marking on its forehead, surrounded by three large flowers, and standing on a rectangle with circles inside of circles colored in three different shades of green. It is full of warm colors and green, but the wolf is more of a cool gray color. I made my art by reference of wolves and the Madhubani art style. My artwork is inspired by the things I love which are wolves and plants. My goals as an artist it’s to become a tv show animator, and by completing this I helped develop my art style. I am overall very happy how this turned out, I especially like the wolf I drew because it is the best one I’ve ever made.

A real wolf, native to India

Program Note; Camille

My piece is a Sherpa song that includes a piece of music called Khasa Bajar by Indra Gurung, Chhoten Sherpa & Dasamo Sherpa. This song is woven into the piece, but I put my own creations into it, including the addition of many traditional Asian flutes and strings. Overall this is a lighthearted, upbeat dance song similar to songs that may be heard in Nepal.

Nepal Bazzar poem- Emma Nelson

I like the Nepal Bazzar market.

I like it a little more than Target.

It is very quiet,

Which is good if you like it to be silent.

The outside is decorated nicely,

Which makes me smiley.

Nepal Bazzar is a small store, but the people there are friendly.

Also, there are foods o’plenty.

It may be small, but you can find things faster.

In bigger stores, finding things sometimes take longer.

One of my favorite types of gummies are there, the mango gummy!

I find them very yummy.

You can also get mango juice at this store.

Which is something I adore.

They as well have caramel candy!

It tastes lovely even though it doesn’t look fancy.

There’s even some pastries.

And lychee gummies!

You can get rugs!

I hope I can also get mugs!

It’s a lovely little store,

That is for sure!

The Nepal Bazaar at 98A Belmont Street sure is worth your visit. Taste Nepal in Worcester.

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