Thiruvananthapuram

Vishu kits see huge demand this year too

Brisk sale of cucumbers and Kanikonna at the Chalai market on the eve of Vishu on Friday. Photo: S. Mahinsha  

Keeping aside their worries over the spiralling prices, people in the city were readily buying the ‘Vishu kits' this season too. At Rs.50, each kit consisted of a few Kanikonna (Cassia fistula) flowers, a raw pineapple, and some cashew tree branches. One could purchase the flowers alone for Rs.20.

Aneesh, a youth from Nettayam near here, and his friends collected flowers from two Kanikonna trees near his house on Thursday night, purchased a sack each of pineapples and cashew tree branches from a nearby farm, and reached the city on Friday morning for their ‘one-day venture.'

“For people in the city, this is the easier way. They do not have to go tree-hunting as we do in our village. All items for the Vishukkani are readily available in the kit,” Aneesh said while doing brisk business near Kowdiar.

There was huge demand for such kit at various markets in the city, even when they were over-priced. “Prices have gone up for sure, but we can't celebrate a festival like Vishu without theses flowers,” said N. Usha, who came to shop at the Chalai market.

K. Ratheesh, an autorickshaw driver who has been selling the kit for the past seven years, said this was a “side-business” so that he and his friends could make some extra money.

“If all goes well, we will get some profit. We had spent Rs.1,000 for plucking these flowers .People usually want fresh flowers and we have to sell these as soon as possible,” he said.

There had been a huge demand for the Kanikonna flowers this year, as they had blossomed a little ahead of season, he added.

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