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Mixed show at Diwali fair
- Organisers claim good sales, entrepreneurs rue losses

It was a fair show that could have turned foul.

Entrepreneurs and organisers of Diwali Utsav, which ended on Wednesday, are both sad and happy.

Sad because the showers did play spoilsport for a few days. Happy because the fair was extended by two days and some of them did brisk business as the sun came back.

The fair, organised by the Jharkhand IAS Officers’ Wives Association, had started on November 2 and was originally supposed to be wrapped up on November 5. However, the organisers later decided to call it a day on November 7 in view of the rain.

Smart decision, as a good part of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday turned out to be sunny, giving around 225 kiosk owners, from across the country like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bengal and Rajasthan, an opportunity to do quick business.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Wednesday, secretary of Jharkhand IAS Officers’ Wives Association Savita Pandey said the overall response to the fair had been satisfactory, despite the entrepreneurs facing some difficulties due to the rain. She, however, refused to give details about sales figure.

Though, the kiosk owners more or less agreed with Pandey, they did rue the fact that business was hit due to rain. Varanasi-based A.G. Mirza looked far from happy. “I had expected my sales figures to touch Rs 50,000 at least. But I could manage sales of a little more than Rs 10,000 only,” Mirza, who sold saris, said.

All the proceeds of the fair, the entry fee for which was Rs 5, will be donated for various welfare programmes taken up by Jharkhand IAS Officers’ Wives Association.