Usual rush missing in markets as festive shopping goes online

Usual rush missing in markets as festive shopping goes online

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A woman buys bangles ahead of Karva Chauth at a shop in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5

The e-shopping craze seems to have caught up with festivals as many people are taking to online shopping this festive season. With Karva Chauth just two days away, the usual rush is missing in tricity markets and even thalis, jewellery and other items are being bought online by people.However, the biggest gainers will be henna artists whose business will not be affected. As of today, the rate of applying henna varies between Rs 150 and 300 per hand. It will be Rs 500 by Saturday and is expected to cross Rs 1,000 on Sunday. The rush for mehndi is expected to begin from Friday evening, said mehndi artists.E-commerce websites are offering numerous discounts as part of festive sales and are promising delivery before the festival. Designer clothes, jewellery and customised thalis for Karva Chauth are available online and are proving to be a hit among buyers. Even earthen lamps and fancy candles are available online at competitive prices.The usual rush of the festive season is missing till now in markets but could be seen starting this weekend. Most of the markets have been decked up with fancy lights and have multiple stalls that tend to mushroom around this time of the year. These stalls are popular among women, especially the ones selling artificial jewellery.Though the authorities have said schools and community centres near markets would be used as parking lots, traffic and parking problems would pose major challenges.Brisk business for henna artistsThe biggest gainers will be henna artists whose business will not be affected this festive season. As on Thursday, the rate of applying henna varies between Rs 150 and 300 per hand. It will be Rs 500 by Saturday and is expected to cross Rs 1,000 on Sunday. The rush for mehndi is expected to begin from Friday evening, said mehndi artists.

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