These shops highlight the honesty that comes in the Mizo culture
These shops highlight the honesty that comes in the Mizo culture|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Shops without shopkeepers: Why Mizoram inspires with its honesty

If you’re travelling on highway from Aizawl to Seling, you’re bound to see shops selling anything from fruits and veggies to dried fish, but without sellers. Know why

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

‘Nghahloh dawr’ is the local parlance for shops without keepers, which you won’t find anywhere else in any other country
‘Nghahloh dawr’ is the local parlance for shops without keepers, which you won’t find anywhere else in any other country
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Aizawl: While travelling across the highways in Mizoram, especially the one from Aizawl to Seling, you will come across an unusual but beautiful sight.

These are 'nghahloh dawr' -- local parlance for shops without keepers, which you won't find anywhere else in any other country.

At 'nghahloh dawr', farmers put their produce -- whether it's fruits, vegetables, bottles of fruit juice or even dried fish -- at makeshift shops. The prices for vegetables are generally written on cardboards and a container or 'pawisa bawm', into which customers put the money.

Customers grab whatever they require and put the money into the 'pawisa bawm'. If they require changes, the customers simply pick up the change from the same 'pawisa bawm'.

A shop selling fruits but without any shopkeeper attending it
A shop selling fruits but without any shopkeeper attending it
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These shops highlight the honesty that comes in the Mizo culture. Mizos also highly appreciate altruism or 'tlawmngaihna'.

The kind of system is very beneficial for the farmers as they cannot spare time to tend their shops. Every morning they would leave their vegetables and fruits and later leave to work in their farms.

"The system has never failed us. We have complete trust in our customers. So far, we have not lost anything from those shops," said a shopkeeper.

The system has never failed us, says the owner of such a shop without a shopkeeper
The system has never failed us, says the owner of such a shop without a shopkeeper
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