Monday, August 10, 2009

The Khudarji Report 07: 18/07/09

The Khudarji Report 07: 18/07/09

Green apples have been joined by muwashah apples, so-called for their red streak.

There are four other khudarjiin each two or three streets away. There are men with carts selling apples; trucks with men manning microphones chanting "baTaTa, banadoura, khiyar, kiis Tum"; there are women gatherers crying, "yaa zataa'r!" If a loyal customer needs something that the shop is out of, a trip is made to a neighboring shop to procure it. The cart seller is provided with a calligraphied sign with name and price for his apples to slightly lessen his vocal burden.

The Khudarji Report, by Zayd, reflects conditions unique to a neighborhood in central Beirut; the status at your local mahal al-khudra will most likely vary.

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