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Best buys: People seen busy buying ginger and turmeric bunches from the market in Thanjavur for the Pongal festival.
Best buys: People seen busy buying ginger and turmeric bunches from the market in Thanjavur for the Pongal festival.

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Sale of gold coins in post offices improves: Senior Post Master

THANJAVUR: Braving heavy rain, people of Thanjavur made Pongal purchase on Wednesday.

The heavy downpour, which started in the morning continued as a drizzle for most part of the day.

Undeterred

Undeterred by the rain, vendors sold sugarcane, turmeric and ginger saplings, clay pots and stoves.

Sale was busy at Keelavasal, Medical College Road, Gandhiji Road, Railway Station and other places.

A bundle of sugarcane with ten canes was sold for Rs. 100 to Rs. 150. Ginger saplings were priced at Rs. 10 a pair while turmeric, depending upon the bunch, was sold for Rs.10 per sapling.

Pots preferred

Though gas stoves and modern ways of cooking Pongal by housewives has replaced traditional way of cooking Pongal on clay stoves and clay pots, still a majority of the people preferred only clay pots.

Pots of different sizes were sold at Rs. 40 to Rs. 60.

Firewood

Though use of firewood has come down drastically, traditional firewood sellers made some business.

Ten kilos of firewood was sold for Rs. 50.

Pongal greetings were exchanged by people.

Greetings

The head post office here handled 1,000 to 2,000 greetings per day.

“We have also handled large number of Pongal money orders. Our gold coins sales also has improved for the festival,” Kannan, Senior Post Master said.

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