Jarring sound of blaring loudspeakers from the nearby railway station welcomes one to the Madley market or the famous T.Nagar vegetable market. Mixed aroma of fresh sugarcane juice, chaat items, piping hot coffee and delicious softy ice-cream combined with the raw smell of various vegetables and fruits assaults the olfactory. On a typical weekend, that aroma is marred by disgusting stench from humans, thanks to the insane crowd.
The vegetables and fruits are fresh in the evening. The market is normally stocked in the afternoon I suppose. The prices are reasonable and the weight is pretty accurate too. The market is very accessible. It is located right next to the Mambalam railway station and is of a walk-able distance from the T.Nagar bus stand. The famous or the rather infamous shopping hub – Ranganathan street – is situated right next to market.
My oldest memory of stepping into this market was back in 2000, when we first shifted to Mambalam. The sight and the smell was maddening for a little girl who had grown up in a relatively calmer area – Besant Nagar but, thanks to weekly trips, this place grew on me. It’s been 16 years since I first steeped into that area, a lot has changed. Modernization has taken over, inflation has increased, the prices have gone up, but one thing remains the same – the maddening crowd and the warm sellers. Until next week!