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Bal Bazaar

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 November 2009

Award-winning British-Indian poet Daljit Nagra has written a poetic narrative inspired by his uncle's two shops in west London, where Muslim, Sikh and Hindu workers have created a small working community in a tiny shared space - Bal Bazaar.

Bal Bazaar is a journey through the shop and through Indian cultures in Britain, both real and imagined. Shop owners tell their stories: a hairdresser snips her way through the day, while a Muslim butcher explains how he is really an IT worker covering for his brother who has cancer. Bal Bazaar hints at the religious and political - a story of faked Halal meat - and a world of religious festival and song. It also tells the common human stories of food, hair cutting and the every day, domestic life within the shopkeepers' community.

Readers/Daljit Nagra and Sudhar Buchar.
Producer/Jo Wheeler.



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