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Puja shoppers throng city commercial hubs

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 5 - Commercial establishments and areas in the capital city have been transformed into seas of humanity and everyone into trade, right to the vendor, seems to be doing brisk business. With the much awaited Durga Puja round the corner, people from all walks of life are rushing to make purchases to celebrate the festival.

Despite the price graph being on an upward trend, this factor has failed to dampen the spirit of the citizens. The city is in the grip of the festive fervour and no effort has been spared by the people to ensure that this year�s puja celebrations stand out better than the previous year.

The markets are catering to citizens with different budgets. The aspirations of the low-income group are also being met and the business hub, Fancy Bazar, has not let down this group. Like in the earlier years, Fancy Bazar this year has again been the first choice of many citizens, who cannot afford to splurge at the posh malls. �I always come to Fancy Bazar to shop for my family on all the festivals. For low income people like us, Fancy Bazar is the first destination,� said Suresh Pathak.

Shopping has never been so much fun with malls and other shops being decked up for the festive occasion.

The affluent, on the other hand, are thronging the high-end malls in the city. According to an employee of a city-based mall, business has been picking up these days as people are making purchases in bulk. �On the average, business has been to the tune of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh every day and we are expecting this figure to go up in the next couple of days,� said the employee.

Though traditional wear is in demand, the fashion enthusiastic is also going for fusion wear and other trendy readymade apparels. Compared to last year, the prices of the readymade dresses have gone up, but despite the price rise, people are settling for the readymade items. The starting price of a reasonably good-looking readymade salwar suit is above Rs 5,000. An attractive readymade kurti that is in tune with the festive season, will cost not less than Rs 2,500. Long flowing skirts with dazzling colours and combination blouse are also in demand this puja season.

Sweetmeat shops are also doing brisk business.

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