Pune: As the holy festival of Ramzan is all about celebrating with fasting, feasting and shopping, Sakal Times went to Shivaji Market, Camp to experience the ambience. As the market in Camp has recently turned into a famous shopping hub for hundreds of Muslims in the nearby areas, traders and sellers from different parts of the state are attracted towards the market for expanding their business.
Ayub Khan, manager of shop ‘Mumbai Lifestyle’ said, “For about two years, we are coming to the city during the festival of Ramzan. Our original shop is at Mumbai and we are reaching out to more places in the state to expand our business. The shop started functioning two weeks before Ramzan as many people start their shopping from that time. Till now we have got a good response in the market during the festival and expect more customers till the end of Ramzan.”
He added, “Like every year, the traditional outfits top the list followed by the western wear during the festival. The menfolk prefer to buy new pair of traditional kurta and pyjamas to offer prayers on Eid and women try out different kurtas and salwar kameez for the same.”
Along with dresses, we found there was a surge of customers around the bangle seller and the jewellery seller in the market. Gulam Khan, owner of a jewellery shop said, “We have vibrant colours of ear rings, bracelets and bangles in every shape and mainly the women demand silver jewellery. I have been running the shop here for the last eight years and families from middle to upper class have visited our shop. We sell clothes, shoes, accessories, footwear and all wedding and festivals cosmetics to customers. During the festival we sold accessories to 50 customers each day and we are expecting more customers till Eid.”
“This is my first Ramzan after my marriage and I am here to shop footwear and artificial jewellery for Ramzan and also replenish my stock of ‘sewain’ to make sweet dishes like sheer kurma and milk sewain every day,” said Tariq Deena, a visitor in the market.