Diwali “the festival of Light” is near the corner, let’s make it a festival of lights by spreading happiness by not wasting money on crackers rather helping to light the houses of those people without whom our Diwali celebrations would incomplete. These hardworking people look forward to this big festival as they would be able to sell the most during this period. Yes, I am talking about the “Kumhars” or “Potters” as well as the people who sell these products.
It has been understood that even if ‘diyas’ or some other clay products ‘mitti ka mandir’, ‘Laxmi Ganesh idol’ as well as some other decorative things is a must for Diwali, we don’t miss a chance to bargain from the street-side sellers. On the other hand, the same products sold decoratively in shops or malls and we do not even get a chance to bargain but we still buy that.
Diwali is the festival of lights as well as happiness why not buy from these street sellers without bargaining much. The potters who make lamps, diyas and other pottery items are on the verge of extinction. As Chinese lighting products are available at a cheaper rate, that should not harm the value of these incredible artists. They have to fight day and night with several types of competitions, especially during these festive seasons, which hurt them really bad. The potters here live cheek by jowl and this is perhaps the greatest barrier to their success. Buyers of their products are able to drive a hard bargain with these sellers.
Even though the potters spend a little fortune on making their superbly designed products, their average price realization is very low. But the silver lining is that foreign buyers find these products delightful and reflective of Indian culture. The price that they get from international travelers is considerably higher than their local buyers. There is a reason behind this, as they understand the value of this hard work also gives importance to the artwork. They very well understand the effort and hard work put behind that, starting from extracting the best suitable soil for this kind of product and so many other processes. One should think this time before you say this to them “Miiti ka hai, ya Sone ka?” (Is it made of clay or gold?) as we feel they are charging high. But I believe this is not less than made of gold for them. As this is their daily bread and butter and this festival is the only hope to earn a better selling for the whole year.
Let’s say no to crackers and without much bargaining from them buy from the StreetSide sellers and light their houses with happiness and prosperity. We live with them and we should value them instead of them waiting for their foreigner buyers who value their art and understand their feelings. As they celebrate the same festivals as we do and we share the same feelings too.