| Young girls buy flowers near Maurya Lok complex in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Elegance yet silence; simple yet colourful. What better can be a New Year gift other than a bunch of roses, or carnations?
On Wednesday, youngsters in the city chose flowers to add life to otherwise mundane New Year gifts like cards or diaries. For Ishika, a BA Part-II student of Patna Women’s College, any celebration is incomplete without flowers.
Ishika, spotted buying carnations for her friends at a shop near Maurya Lok, said: “The best thing about flowers is that they remind you of freshness. Their fragrance and beauty are enough to attract anyone. I make it a point to gift flowers to my friends every year on January 1 and also expect that my friends would gift me at least one on this day.”
Ishika’s sister Ayushi Jaiswal, who also accompanied her to the shop on the New Year’s Day, said she loves to gift her friends red roses only. Like Ishika and Ayushi, many others bought flowers to gift their near and dear ones.
City florists claimed that their sale had doubled than the normal days. “Normally, I sell only 15-30 bunches and 10 bouquets. However, on Wednesday, I have sold 75 bouquets and 30 bunches. I am sure that the sale will jump in the evening,” said Dheeraj Kumar, a florist, dealing with four-five customers around 3pm at his shop near Maurya Lok.
At his shop, roses were available at Rs 20 per piece, while orchid was priced at Rs 40 per piece, lily at Rs 75 per piece, gerbera at Rs 20 per piece and carnation at Rs 35 per piece.
He said the sale of flowers increases on January 1 especially because many corporate houses and politicians also like flower gifts. “Of the 75 bouquets which I have sold so far, 25 have been ordered by a politician four days ago. Another 20 bouquets were purchased by different corporate houses.”
So what makes flowers among the most preferred gifts? Dheeraj said: “Flower is the best solution to choose a gift, which can be an uphill as well as a confusing job for many.”
Anshul Poddar, another florist near Maurya Lok, said the sale of flower bunches was more than bouquets on Wednesday. Poddar said this year he also introduced combo packs in which he provided cakes and chocolates with flowers. “Many customers requested me to provide cakes and chocolates also. So I made this arrangement. The combo pack was available from Rs 750 to Rs 1,000 at my shop,” added Poddar.