Perspective

Dashain brings no shopping attraction in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu, Oct 18: Market places in Kathmandu have seen no shopping fervor since Dashain – the great festival of Nepali people – was already round the corner.

Though there seem people shopping for the main festival in usually crowded market hubs of Kathmandu, the popular places such as Putalisadak, Bagbazaar, Samakhushi, Gongobu and Lainchaur have no attraction of Dashain costumers.

Dashain shopping is more visible in Asan, Indrachowk, Hanumandhoka and Basantapur where the stuffs necessary for offering worship to Goddess Durga during the great festival are available in one stop.

The earthquake-triggered effects are also visible in the areas. Beside this, the high price rise of essential goods and India-imposed unannounced blockade at border points have panicked Nepali Hindu revelers celebrating Dashain, said Krishna Rupakheti, who has come to Kathmandu for Dashain shopping.

"In comparison to previous years, the inflow of people for festive shopping is quite low", said Suman Shrestha, a shopkeeper who has been selling Dashain worship stuffs in Asan.