The festival of lights is coming up and the buying spree for crackers has begun. But this time around, the demand is all- desi with most city sellers deciding not to sell Chinese made crackers at small shops and wholesale establishments. One of these reasons may be patriotic (owing to China's support for Pakistan) and the other, the alleged hazardous nature of Chinese crackers. For Mumbai's shop and stall owners, they're set for a booming business with the Indian-made phatakas ...
While the trend towards wanting a 'noiseless and smokeless' festival is big this year, folks are opting for desi -made items. Affirms fireworks retailer Chhaya Bhatia from Andheri East, "Licensed dealers will not sell Chinese crackers as they're not safe and therefore not preferable. In demand are desi zameen chakkars , anar and phool baaja (sparklers). Kids also love the chit put which are mini crackling anars ." She admits Chinese ones may have been popular earlier, but this is not so any more. "People are choosing wisely when it comes to their health. Parents especially, want a safe, eco-friendly option, like lesser smoke-emitting ones," she says.
Omkar Berde, another retailer from Vashi, hasn't stocked up on Chinese ones either. "Most sellers have decided not to do so and they are not allowed, too. We have heard that there may be chemicals in the crackers so why take a chance and sell them? One can't put people at risk just for the sake of business," he says. The demand for desi stuff — rassi bombs and ladis — are on. "But mostly it's the trio — anar , chakri and phooljhari that people of all ages ask for. Almost 90 per cent of our business comes from this," he adds.
Of course they are good and even better than china. Chinese give this at cheaper and unfortunately Indians see only cost!!!!
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Chinese products .. how did these products found their way in Indian markets to start with? Anti nationalists are plenty ..
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Vancouver BC - 8 days ago
Way to go; lets make it a trend to avoid buying anything Chinese. Let China pay a price for supporting terror trader Pakistan and generally adopt anti India policies. This is the least we citizens can do.