A stroll down the sun-baked roads of Tirupati is sure to make one sapped and the throats go parched. The mercury is soaring at such a pace that the temperature, presently pegged at 38 degree Celsius, is feared to touch the forties by this weekend. While incidents of sun stroke and sun burns have not yet been reported, it may be just the order of the day in the days to come. ‘Masked’ faces on two-wheelers are no more drawing attention of the passersby.
The scorching sun has left the pedestrians high and dry, literally. Not only the denizens, but also the scores of Tirumala-bound pilgrims who trek all the way to the abode of Lord Venkateswara from Vellore, Salem, Chennai and other places of Tamil Nadu, have found the going tough.
As the season’s special, water melons, fresh fruit juice, tender coconuts, ice cream, aerated beverages and buttermilk have replaced tea, coffee, samosa and other forms of snacks.
Just like anything else, earthen pots, considered the poor man’s fridge, are also in demand.
Thanks to the power cuts in force for two hours in the city, the residents are increasingly buying pots as an alternative, while shopkeepers and small scale outlets who ill-afford a refrigerator are also making a beeline.
“We are selling more than 30 pieces a day and the response is quite encouraging”, says Ramesh, who sells the pots near Sri Venkateswara University campus.
The “axe-happy” staff of electricity and R&B departments should be cursing themselves for having pruned branches or felled trees in the name of ‘public convenience’. More than as a slogan, the importance of growing trees should dawn upon the denizens, at least now.