A resident buys festive breads at a roadside stall on Main Road in Ranchi on Friday and (right) a wide variety of ittar bottles on display. Pictures by Hardeep Singh
The fragrance of ittar (perfume) wafts in the air. The aroma from sweet stores and the happy faces of customers across different markets in Ranchi spell it out — Id is here.
Medina khajur, lachcha sewai, burqas and prayer caps are the top picks for Id-ul-Fitr, as the capital gears up for celebrations most probably on Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Makeshift stalls, all lit up and offering various festive merchandise have sprung up on Main Road. This annual Id Bazar, which comes up along a small stretch near Daily Market, lasts till the big day.
Traders are found doing brisk business from late afternoon till well past midnight.
Though everything — from dresses to eatables — are available, customers throng this market stretch mainly to sewai, bakarkhani, dry fruits, prayers caps and ittar.
Mohammed Shamsher, who has put up a makeshift kiosk near Urdu Library, offers stylish footwear for women and children.
“I am a part-time businessman and have put up a stall for a few days,” he said, adding that he had been getting very good response.
“I have stocked different varieties of prayer caps — priced between Rs 10 and Rs 250,” said Abu Raihan.
Residents have been making a beeline for stacks of lachchas and sewais priced around Rs 70 a kilo. These will be used to make sweets like shahi sewai and sheer korma.
Ibrar Ahmad, a local resident, said: “Id comes once a year, so I don’t want to make any compromise. I bought packets of sewai to make sweet dishes for my family, neighbours and guests.”
“Though the prices have gone up marginally, it has not affected the sale of sewai,” said Mohammed Tohmid, who also sells dry fruit packets. Apart from sewais and naan, dry fruits — costing anywhere between Rs 30 and Rs 200 a packet — are also selling like hot cakes. Bakery owners, too, are pleased with the rush of customers.
“Women come to Id Bazar to pick up household items, bangles and artificial jewellery for the festive day,” said resident Robab Fatma.