The scorching heat is on and so are the ways to combat it. As Jamshedpur reels from 43°C on Wednesday, residents hop from one cool kiosk to another. Keeping in tune with the changing taste, vendors have added new varieties and made innovations. The Telegraph goes on a cool trail to find out where people are quenching their thirst
| Kids enjoy cool drinks at Shree Heera Sweets in Golmuri
Shree Heera Sweets, Golmuri market
Sells: Flavoured juice
Flavours: Cola, orange, strawberry, mango, pudina masala, litchi, jeera masala, pinepapple, kala kattha, mix fruit, and blue berry
Footfall: Between 300 and 500 people daily
Price: Reasonable. A litre costs Rs 40, while one glass of juice is available for Rs 25
USP: Choice of flavours
Ownerspeak: “The idea of starting a flavoured juice kiosk was of my uncle who does the same business in Ahmedabad. The flavours are brought from Gujarat and we add only sugar and filtered water to it,” said owner Chunky Kumar
Customerspeak: “I think this is the only stall in the city that offers such a vast range of flavours. It is moderately priced that suits all,” said Milan Rastogi, a student of ABM College, Golmuri.
|A man prepares faluda, another summer favourite,
at Dilkhush Ice Chat in Sakchi
Dilkhush Ice Chat, adjacent to The Bengal Club in Sakchi
Sells: Sherbets, faluda and ice chaat
Flavours: Rose, mango, chocolate, jal jeera, orange, pineapple, kala kattha, khus and kacha kherry
Footfall: Over 300 daily
Price: Sherbet: Rs 10 and Rs 20 per glass
Ice chaat: Rs 10 and Rs 30 per plate
Faluda: Rs 20 and Rs 30 a glass
USP: The only such outlet dishing out faluda like the ones available in Mumbai
Ownerspeak: “The ice for the faluda is brought from Kasidih and is prepared using filtered water. The flavours are brought from Jamnagar in Gujarat,” said Gobindo Das.
Customerspeak: “We have been frequently visiting this outlet for chusky and ice chaat. Recently, I tasted the faluda and its was simply amazing,” said Mohammed Kaif, a final-year BDS student of Awadh Dental College, Bhillaipahari.
|A man sips lassi at Geetanjali Drink Corner in Bistupur
Geetanjali Drink Corner on Bistupur Main Road
Sells: Lassi and Milk Shakes
Flavour: Kesar badam, mango, strawberry, banana, rose and chocolate
Footfall: Around 300-400 daily
Price: Milk Shakes Rs 40 a glass, Lassi Rs 25 a glass
USP: Special variety of pudina lassi
Ownerspeak: “There are a few outlets selling milk shakes of different varieties, but ours is much better than the rest. We also use sugar free for diabetic people,” said Monotosh Roy
Customerspeak: “The pudina lassi here is very refreshing,” said Purobi Ghosh, LIC officer at Bistupur main branch.
|Customers take a refreshing break at Maa Tarini Masala
Drinks in Bistupur
Maa Tarini Masala Drinks, near Gopal Maidan in Bistupur
Sells: Masala drink
Flavours: Thumbs-Up, Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Maaza
Footfall: Between 500 and 700 daily
Price: Rs 20 for a bottle of 300ml
USP: Masalas like cumin seeds, black pepper, cloves and elaichi
Ownerspeak: “The different tastes of every drink draw customers from far-off places,” said Mahesh Pradhan.
Customerspeak: “I have been visiting this joint for past one decade. A glass of masala drink makes me feel rejuvenated,” said chartered accountant Ajay Patel, a resident of Rani Kudar.
Compiled by Animesh Bisoee. Pictures by Bhola Prasad