As downpour continues, umbrellas sell like hot cakes

SRINAGAR: While the excess rains have brought trade in this summer capital of the state almost to a standstill, sale of umbrellas has picked up, especially, in the old city markets.
Traders in Zaina Kadal and other prominent markets of the old Srinagar told Kashmir Reader that their stocks of umbrellas have exhausted due to rise in the sales caused by the incessant rains.
“For the last one week, retailers and customers from across the city have been buying umbrellas from me. All I have now is a single umbrella, which is for my personal use,” Tariq Ahmad, a wholesale umbrella dealer at Zaina Kadal, said.
Mukhtar Ahmad, a dealer at Khanakhai Moula, said the customers have been asking for big size umbrellas to protect themselves from the heavy downpour being witnessed in the Valley.
“I had a wide range of umbrellas in my shop, but people are asking only for old-fashioned big size umbrellas instead of the trendy smaller ones,” he said.
“Apart from their size, the biggest drawback of the big size umbrellas was their colour. But these days the people don’t seem to care about it,” he added.
Mukhtar said a few government departments also wanted to purchase umbrellas from him.
“I couldn’t fulfill the order, because I could not get fresh supply from outside due to closed roads,” he said. Muhammad Shaheen, a resident from Nowpora, said he has been trying to buy a big size umbrella since early last week.
“I wanted to purchase a big umbrella, but a dealer in Lal Chowk wasn’t ready to sell it for less than Rs 350. I am now looking for one in the old city,” he said.