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Cold weather heats up sales at Tibetan stalls

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The sudden rainfall in the city brought down the temperature further. The cool breeze and chilly nights have prompted the people to shop for woollen garments.

Vizag residents shop for woollen garments

Visakhapatnam: The sudden rainfall in the city brought down the temperature further. The cool breeze and chilly nights have prompted the people to shop for woollen garments. Most people are found to be thronging the stalls set up by Tibetan refugee families in the city. This is the time when Tibetans are happy as the city roads are full of people wearing sweaters and shawls.

--Nearly 17 families of the Tibetan colonies set up stalls at the Police Barracks this winter season to sell all kinds of woollen wear such as sweaters, shawls, stoles, pullovers, jackets, gloves and caps in a range of colours for people of all ages. As winter turns colder in the city, their business becomes warmer with more people visiting the stalls. On average, each stall owner does enough business to meet the expenses.

“We are happy as there are more number of people purchasing woollen wear this year due to a decline in temperature in the city, resulting in increase in sales,” said Namgyal, a Tibetan refugee. Namgyal, who has been running this business since many years, said: “We run the market on fixed price tags on the items. As a result, we need not have to waste time on bargaining. Earlier, people going out of the city to colder places used to buy warm clothes. But this year, with the dip in temperature, Vizag residents are buying woollen garments to withstand the cold weather.”

Nearly 75 per cent of the Tibetan refugee families in India are engaged in this business and the number might increase in the coming years. While travelling to any city during the winter months, one can spot the Tibetans on the pavements marketing woollen garments and once the winter is over, they set off to their native place Chandragiri and Uddagiri in south Odisha where they take up farming, which is their primary occupation.

“We are experiencing cold weather since many days and hence we are shopping for woollen garments. We find the Tibetan stalls offering good quality garments for the children and the family members,” said Padmavathi, a housewife.

By: Muttevi Sri Lakshmi

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