Ummid Assistant

IDB scholarship forms available at Bhopal's Companion School

IGNOU's preparatory course for students desiring higher education

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Regional

Old Hyderabad never sleeps for Eid shopping

Thursday August 16, 2012 12:19:13 PM, Mohammed Shafeeq, IANS

Hyderabad: During Ramadan, shopping for Eid in the walled quarter of Hyderabad does not end with the night. In fact, it picks up at night with the centuries-old markets doing business round-the-clock.

As such, with only a couple of days left for Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the culmination of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, all roads in the city are now leading to shops, hotels, roadside eateries and the ubiquitous vendors around Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad and the hub of Eid shopping.

In fact, the old city and some Muslim-majority areas in the central part of the city never sleep during the holy month.

While the faithful spend the holy nights in prayers, other men, women and children throng the markets for Eid shopping.

As one crosses the Musi river to enter the old city, the aroma of haleem (a Ramadan dish of meat, wheat flour, spices and ghee) wafts in.

The numerous hotels at Madina Junction and on the High Court Road do brisk business selling haleem, said to have come to Hyderabad via Iran and Afghanistan during the Mughal period.

The Madina-Charminar road, notorious for its traffic chaos throughout the day, is witnessing jams throughout the night these days, with vendors occupying the footpaths and selling from garments to hairpin.

Madina, Patthargatti, Patel Market, Gulzar Houz and Laad Bazar -- famous for readymade garments, textiles, footwear, jewellery, pearls, bangles, 'attar' (natural perfumes) and crockery, cutlery, upholstery -- teem with thousands of buyers.

The city authorities may be planning to open a night bazaar around Charminar for long, but every year during Ramadan, the area by itself turns into a night bazaar, especially in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Those fasting, including women, take a break from shopping to end their fast in the lawns of the historic Mecca Masjid.

After tasting haleem, dahi bade and other delicacies at nearby eateries, they resume the shopping with fresh energy and this goes on till late into the night.

The price hike has not dampened the spirits of Eid.

"We may have to spend a few bucks more, but we can't do without shopping for our families, especially as the occasion comes once a year," said Syed Yousuf, who works in a private company.

The prices of readymade garments have gone up by over 30 percent this year and the traders attribute it mainly to rising transport costs.

"Last year, I bought a dress for Rs.5,000 but this year, it cost me Rs.7,000," said Shaheda Parveen, a student.

While many glittering and sprawling shopping malls have come up in the city in the last few years, the area around Charminar remains the hot favourite for Eid shopping.

Shoppers from neighbouring districts and even from Maharashtra and Karnataka pour in for shopping.

Almost all the families buy new clothes, footwear and bangles for the occasion. What makes these markets so special is the fact that they cater to all sections of society.

With well-to-do families paying 'zakat' (Islamic wealth tax of 2.5 percent on their cash and other valuables) and every man who fasts paying 'fitra' (fixed this year at Rs.60), the poor also join the festivities by buying clothes, 'sweyian', dry fruits and other items for 'sheer khorma' -- a sweet dish prepared in almost every houshold on Eid.

The Eid shopping is the climax of unprecedented month-long economic activity.

Truckloads of dates, preferred for breaking fasts, and fruits are sold every day.

The meat supply goes up drastically to meet the demand from hotels preparing haleem.

With Muslims accounting for 40 percent of the city's seven million population, every commodity associated with the festivities opens up huge business opportunities.

The volumes of business, mostly in the unorganised sector, are beyond anybody's guess.

The business covering eatables, garments and footwear is estimated to be over Rs.2,000 crore.



(Mohammed Shafeeq can be contacted at m.shafeeq@ians.in)



 

 

 

 

 






 

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

 

More Headlines

Just imagine if Gandhi had Twitter and internet: T&T minister

Militants attack Pakistan air base

Non-bailable warrant for Musharraf in Bugti assassination case

Four serial blasts in Manipur, two injured

900 unauthorised Delhi colonies to be regularised

China to elevate 600-year-old religious site

Fareed Zakaria faces more charges of plagiarising

A walk into Jallianwala Bagh on 66th Independence Day

Communal violence casts a shadow on Uttar Pradesh

NASA completes 'brain transplant' on Curiosity rover

Indians to get free medicines, better health services

Home ministry fire was caused by cigarette stub, reveals RTI

 

Top Stories

PM moans lack of consensus, vows to fight corruption

Addressing the nation on India's 66th Independence Day, Manmohan Singh also vowed to battle corruption while ensuring that sincere officials were not affected by baseless  »

Mars journey will be 'huge step' for India: PM

Indians to get free medicines, better health services

 

  Most Read

Bloody violence against Muslims due to division: King Abdullah

Stating that the violence that is claiming Muslim lives across the globe was due to division of the Islamic world, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, of Saudi Arabia, while opening the two-day summit of the Organization of Islamic  »

Vilasrao Deshmukh's mortal remains consigned to flames

A sea of humanity poured out on all roads leading to Babhalgaon village in Latur district where the body of their beloved leader »

Vilasrao Deshmukh: Politician who could have been movie star

 

  News Pick

Islam in Kashmir earlier than thought, reveals Quran manuscript

It is a pageant of rare Quranic manuscripts that not only provides an insight into the glory and richness of Islam but also sets back the clock of the religion's advent into Kashmir by almost a century  »

Four serial blasts in Manipur, two injured

Two people were injured after four serial bomb blasts rocked Manipur's capital Imphal city and Thoubal district on Independence Day Wednesday, police said. "There have been a series of blasts of grenades planted by insurgents »

Communal violence casts a shadow on Uttar Pradesh

Frequent bouts of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh have tarnished Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's election promise to ensure law and order in India's most populous state. For a regime already facing  »

Fareed Zakaria faces more charges of plagiarising

Amid fresh allegations of plagiarism against celebrated Indian American journalist Fareed Zakaria, the Washington Post  »

 

Picture of the Day

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has come for the summit, visits the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Monday.

(Photo: SPA)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Science & Technology

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Health

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.