A window into world that has gone by
I came across this Reddit thread about unique NYC shopping experiences you cannot get anywhere else. It makes me chuckle.
Commoditization has made goods and services so standardized in the West, that simple things like cutting rubber to measure is now almost a rarity. In India, one can go to any hardware store and they would find a way to do it for you. I don’t think it is the case that Indian markets are not commoditized, but perhaps less so.
It is a dreamy window into the world that once was, almost walking through a live museum of civilization’s artifacts, watching as it atrophies.