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Footpath Shopping is not a Taboo anymore: Find out why!

Due to popularity, the average earning of a vendor, at a busy market place is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day

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  • People, irrespective of their economic conditions, shop on footpaths as the items are affordable 
  • Women go for footpath shopping as they can bargain, which is not possible in branded outlets
  • Nowadays, in a busy market, the average earning of a vendor is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day

Patna: There are several myths regarding footpath shopping in India and one of many reasons is that some feel, people belonging to lower strata or economically weaker sections of the society go for it. But with change in mindset, it has now become one of the sought after destinations not only for collegians but also for people from well-to-do families.

People are opting for footpath shopping over malls as they find similar products that match the style or look of the branded items. Not just that, they are affordable too, which makes it popular especially with shopaholics. There is more to this one. What the women love is the feel good thing about bargaining which is a complete no-no in malls.

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Women and college goers, especially girls, seem to be the newest crowd at the footpath shops on Boring Road near the Patna market, Maurya Lok complex. They, just as in the past, are able to find affordable items that they want/need without having to pay a hefty price.

Footpath Shops. Wikimedia Images.
Footpath Shops. Wikimedia Images.

One regular shopper, Maira, said, “You find really attractive material while roaming along the streets. Bargaining is the biggest plus point of street merchandise and sometimes it is adventurous also as there is every possibility of paying more even after a hard bargain.”

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“Sources in the trade revealed that there was a time when a vendor ended his day with just Rs 200 or Rs300 profit. These days, the average earning of a vendor, at a busy market place, is not less than Rs1,500 to Rs4,000 per day,” said a TOI report.

A footwear vendor, Mohammad Parvez, stated “People, irrespective of their economic conditions, shop on footpaths. Most of the buyers are college girls because they can’t afford costly footwear sold in malls and branded shops.” He now makes somewhere between Rs3,000 and Rs4,000 per day.

An street vendor, Chintu who sells artificial jewellery at Patna Market, also claimed that women from all economic strata come to his shop. “My products are affordable and attract women as they can change their jewellery frequently, which is not possible if they buy gold or platinum jewellery,” said Chintu to TOI, whose daily sale is between Rs1500 and Rs2000.

-This article is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Footpath shopping is gaining priority these days. It gives freedom to the buyers of roaming around.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Footpath shopping is not as bad as it looks. In Mumbai, you have Bandra, Colaba street markets which are very famous amongst people and they love to shop on such road markets

  • Aparna Gupta

    Footpath shopping is gaining priority these days. It gives freedom to the buyers of roaming around.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Footpath shopping is not as bad as it looks. In Mumbai, you have Bandra, Colaba street markets which are very famous amongst people and they love to shop on such road markets

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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

Also Read: 7 Unfailing Ways To Impress Your Lady Love & Swoon Her Off Her Feet

Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)