The Navarathri festival has concluded but the hawkers selling dolls are still around with their wares hoping to clear their stock as much as possible and returning to their homes with what ever they managed to make. They are an unenviable lot if one could imagine their plight from the time they set up a ‘kolu’ on the streets surrounding the temple in Mylapore hazarding the vagaries of nature –scorching sun during the day and extreme humidity as evening approached, not to speak of the unruly traffic with uncaring pedestrians stepping on their prized possessions.
Heard some of the ladies expressing doubts even as they were scrutinizing the dolls as to why the hawkers had slashed prices so drastically . ‘Do you think the colours would fade in no time because they might have been of inferior quality?, said one to the other.
Probably, you are right. But it’s wise to buy now for the ‘kolu’ next year because we may not get at this price’ advised the second lady.
Where is the place to store them? Interjected the husband of one of them who had just joined.
Don’t worry, that’s my look out, assured his wife.
With the debate that was going on I wondered who would benefit ultimately at the’ distress sale’ that was going on. For all I knew the hawkers would have made huge profit at the beginning of the festival which would break even at the end of it!
n.meera raghavendra rao