General view of New Market, Dhaka, from outside
Entry through south gate
Shops under mosque - once a green field
Life goes on at the book corner
AKS photographers - still going strong since 1954
Entry from north gate
Caps occupy landing space of New Super Market
New super market - central lobby
Market toilet - lot more improved than before
Loader boys pose for photo
Bonolata - kitchen market lobsters in ice
Rui fish - dipped in formalin water to keep it look fresh
Pangash and Boal - favourites of many
Local variety of candy floss - 'Hawai Mithai'
Garbage container outside market and the scavengers
New market area is triangular in shape with 3 high arched entry gates on three sides. There were spaces for 440 shops and a nice triangular lawn at the center. Shops sold variety items, benarasi saris, suiting, ornaments, leather items, books. Photo studios and restaurants were around the park inside.
In 50's and 60's, it was the most popular place for shopping as well as recreation. Young people, particularly college and university students in groups, donned in best attire, moved round and round in the evening for hours. Girls came in separate groups. For them, free-mixing with classmates (boys) outside was not permitted by the society. Clashes often occured between rival groups of boys over influence or protection of groups of girls, many of those boys later became ministers and high bureaucrats.