Fancy Chinese lights are the talk of the town
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Assam: Fancy, cheaper Chinese items flood markets ahead of Diwali

Colourful lights, lanterns, chandeliers, flower pots -- you will find them all in Guwahati

Mahibul Hoque

Guwahati: With a few days left for Diwali, all roads are leading to Guwahati’s electrical goods’ market in Lakhtokia. Customers are seen thronging the market to buy the latest varieties of decorative lights, especially the cheaper Chinese varieties.

Traditionally, earthen lamps are used to decorate houses. However, with the onset of these products from the neighbouring country, people are buying them in hordes, much to dismay of local craftsmen and potters. Chinese lights are preferred as “they have more varieties and are also cost effective”, as per Nilutpala Dutta, a resident of Guwahti who went shopping to Lakhtokia on Saturday.

Jay Shankar, a wholesale trader of electrical goods, told EastMojo: "Chinese lights are in demand because they can fit in anywhere on the wall. Sales are as usual because the prices of these products vary from Rs 100 to Rs 300.”

On offer are several variants of fancy lights, lanterns, chandeliers and even flower pots.

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