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Khopra Mithai Sellers in City Facing a Tough Time
Pandemic has disrupted the business of those who are involved in the business. The smell of freshly-made sweets was once a huge attraction for all.
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Guru Prasad
Hyderabad
Fri Nov 19 2021
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There was a time when little orange squares set into neat columns on a bandi were a common sight in the old city. Like it or not, the pandemic has disrupted the business of those who are involved in the business. The smell of freshly-made sweets was once a huge attraction for both young and old people.


One such person who has been in business for a few decades now is Mahabub Ali, who lives in Mahajareen camp at Charminar. Well, the nariyal ki mithai or khopra mithai is a sweet prepared with coconut crush and incidentally eaten with coconut on the side.


Though it might sound surprising, several hundred make a living out of selling just this sweet on the roads of the old city. Every morning, the sweet is freshly made and sold to vendors who then pile them onto their pushcarts. But few like Mahabub bhai have stuck to the business as they have seen ups and downs in the past.


Mahbub Ali shares that he himself changed vocations to keep income coming and then reverted to selling the orange khopra mithai. However, he rues that there has been no business in the past two years due to COVID-19.


Another sweet seller has a different story. He says he gave up the sales as people were apprehensive due to COVID. He says wearing plastic gloves did not help either. Another major factor happens to be the rise in prices of essential commodities.


But the old-timers and kids keep the business going. Some recollect that they could purchase one piece for a few annas back then, which now comes for Rs 20.


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