IN­DIAN TOWN COMES ALIVE

Shop­pers throng pop­u­lar site for Deep­avali deals

New Straits Times - - News - T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN news@nst.com.my

AS Deep­avali draws closer, the In­dian Town here, which is usu­ally quiet, has burst into life with colour­ful dec­o­ra­tions, loud mu­sic and is in­un­dated with shop­pers.

A car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere has set in as shop­pers are seen busy look­ing through textiles, dec­o­ra­tive items, ac­ces­sories and cook­ies at the premises, which is the big­gest site sell­ing In­dian prod­ucts in the east coast.

Loud Tamil mu­sic can be heard blar­ing from speak­ers as cus­tomers, mostly car­ry­ing shop­ping bags, can be seen look­ing through the items, care­fully ex­am­in­ing them be­fore mak­ing any pur­chase.

The In­dian Town, within walk­ing dis­tance from two ma­jor shop­ping com­plexes here, has es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion as a shop­ping par­adise among the In­dian com­mu­nity since it be­gan op­er­at­ing seven years ago.

Stall owner K. Chan­dran, 55, said although busi­ness was still slow, just like the previous years, things would usu­ally pick up as the fes­ti­val drew near.

He said most of the items sold in his stall, such as sa­rees, kur­tas and chil­dren wear, were im­ported from In­dia ahead of the festive sales.

“Since In­dia has in­tro­duced the Goods and Ser­vices Tax this year, some items are ex­pen­sive and I have to de­cide which items are in de­mand be­fore mak­ing or­ders.

“Cus­tomers are fre­quent­ing the stall and I’m ex­pect­ing a huge crowd over the week­end,” he said.

Cus­tomer R. Rad­hakr­ish­nan, 50, said the In­dian Town had al­lowed him to save time and money as in the past he had to bring his fam­ily to Kuala Lumpur to do their Deep­avali shop­ping.

“You can find ev­ery­thing here un­der one roof and although there is a wide se­lec­tion for shop­pers, they are care­ful not to over­spend and only pur­chase items that are nec­es­sary.

“These days, I would only buy new clothes for Deep­avali and re­cy­cle the dec­o­ra­tive items for the house.

“My pri­or­ity is to have a set of new clothes for Deep­avali and maybe do some ex­tra shop­ping for the chil­dren,” he said, adding that de­spite the crowd, only a hand­ful were mak­ing pur­chases.

House­wife R. Janani, 37, said she pre­ferred the fixed price con­cept as she would not have to waste her time hag­gling with shop­keep­ers.

“Hav­ing a fixed price will make cus­tomers happy as they know that every­one is pay­ing the same price.

“In fact, some peo­ple pre­fer to shop for tra­di­tional clothes on­line as some web­sites of­fer free de­liv­ery ser­vices,” she said.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD ASYRAF SAWAL

Peo­ple shop­ping in Kuantan’s In­dian Town on Wed­nes­day.

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