The Orient is a broad and vast area of land. It remains an area of mystique to the Western reader. It remains intriguing for those who have a growing fascination or deep longing or aesthetic appreciation for something touched, seen, smelt or heard before. It could by something material in the line of the Orient. But no longer will the Westernized enthusiast have to reach or travel very far. This has little to do with the fact that so many things are online these days, aye, there is that, but perhaps more to do with the fact that there are more and more such stores popping up all around the country.
Never a truer word was said then.
Today, you have your pop-up store, during a time when malls are experiencing great challenges in drawing foot traffic to their aisles and stores. The theme of the Orient is well-suited to this boutique store concept, and indeed, it has been put into practice since time immemorial and right at the source. Where the original handmade rugs were weaved. Where the original spice was prepared. Where the nuts and dates were prepared for market. And where the original noodle bar once stood.
All handmade Pakistani rugs can now be prepared for you locally.
And after you have purchased your concoction of rich Indian spices, you can now proceed on your own way to prepare your own authentic fiery hot dish or mellow and mild curry flavored dish. And the pop-up store may turn out to be the way to go because no one else seems to be able to prepare and dry and then fry the noodles the way they do. Dates and nuts, however, can still be imported. They keep so well.