Independence Day is synonymous with kite flying. Pockets of Outdated Delhi, north and north-east Delhi, particularly, maintain the title for many kite-flying competitions round this time of the yr. Vibrant kites dominate the town’s skies, with youngsters and adults taking part with gusto. Even when an individual just isn’t flying a kite, you could find them cheering from their balconies, turning the complete exercise right into a group competition of kinds. However this time, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals are being further cautious, limiting their enthusiasm. This has impacted gross sales of kites and the wholesalers of Lal Kuan, Outdated Delhi have seen a hunch within the variety of folks visiting their outlets.
Wholesalers in Lal Kuan Bazaar in Outdated Delhi witness a hunch in kite gross sales owing to the Covid-19 disaster.
Photograph: Sanchit Khanna
“Lockdown ka asar toh hua hai. Gross sales are down and we’re not even in a position to pay our employees. Funds kahaan se ayengi? Log corona se toh ubhre pehle (The place will we get our funds from when individuals are nonetheless struggling to remain afloat in the course of the pandemic),” rues Altaf Qureshi of Kallu Bhai Patang Wale.
Including to this, Imran of Shabbir Bhai Patang Wale says, “The demand has gone down this yr. Earlier, we’d get about 30 folks at our store, however now it has gone right down to 10-15 folks.”
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The in any other case bustling lanes of Lal Kuan Bazaar are devoid of cheer. Keen kite flyers would struggle motorists and fruit distributors for area, after which make a touch to catch a kati patang to assert victory. “Kites with tiranga and PUBG are nonetheless fashionable, however you’ll hardly discover anybody on the streets. Puraana vala mahaul nahi hai. Individuals are confined to their houses and flying kites from their roofs,” says Ahmed from Haji Kite Home. A brand new kite design — a ghost on a white background — is one thing that has attracted folks this yr. “Log issi ko corona kite keh rahe hain,” shares Bablu of Bishan Chand & Sons Kite Retailers.
Kites with designs of PM Narendra Modi and the Indian tricolour stay fashionable.
Photograph: Shivam Saxena/HT
State-wise lockdown pointers have additionally impacted the import of uncooked materials, as most of those kite wholesalers would purchase materials from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. “Demand toh hai emblem mein, par maal taiyyar ho ke nahi aa raha. We might supply from Rampur, Bareilly, Japiur and Kolkata, nevertheless it has been very tough this time,” says Bablu. Many craftsmen, or kaarigars, had gone on leaves for the festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Eid, additional slowing down the manufacturing.
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Folks flying kites close to India Gate is a typical sight.
Photograph: Amal KS/HT
The wholesalers would get enquiries for bulk orders from throughout the nation, however retail gross sales had been additionally an enormous supply of earnings. “The metro made it simple for folks to come back to us. However now that the metro companies are suspended, we’re not getting many shoppers. It’s an enormous loss,” says Sachin Gupta of Sachin Kite Centre.
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