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Humans of Wanderlust: Anji Nath from Hampi, Karnataka

Introduction:

Anji Nath is a jewellery shop owner from Hampi. He started his shop two years ago in the Hippie island market.  He sells silver jewellery and hand made jewellery that is also called Hippie ornaments. He brings his stock from Rajasthan in bulk quantity and sells in Hampi.

He welcomes guests by taking them to a cafe near his shop and offering them sweet kheer. Anji says, “You’re our guest and this is how we welcome our guest.” Foreigners are his main customer because they don’t bargain like Indian customers.

Anji also owns vehicles which he gives on rent to tourists on a daily basis. He is 28 years old and was born in Andhra Pradesh. Around 13 years ago, he settled down in Hampi with his family. He has completed his education until standard 12.

Any Changes in Hampi?

He said, “Since the last five years, Hampi has changed a lot due to tourism. Before that only foreigners used to visit this place mostly Israelis. But now Indian tourists are ruining Hampi. The place is losing its tag of unexplored as well as its commercialised status. Many locals don’t like Indian tourists. Indian tourists see Hampi like an alcohol and drug destination but Hampi has more to offer than this. The tag of hippie island made the place different from the other side of Hampi (Temple Side).”

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