Jethalal continues 36-year-long kite trade during COVID crisis too
Mattanchery (Kochi): "This time also all kites were brought from Mumbai. We hope to get good sales..." said 80-year-old Jethalal Momaya arranging his kites. He has been selling kites for the last 36 years. His son Maneesh also accompanies him. They do not have any shop but keep the kites in their house at Anavathil here.
Jethalal said they sell minimum 80,000 kites a year. Over 1 lakh kites were sold during some times. They also have wholesale business of kites. They sell kites not only in Kochi, but other places in Ernakulam and Alappuzha at wholesale price. They build their lives with kite sales and are hopeful even during the COVID lockdown crisis.
More people fly kites in Fort Kochi beach here. But now people are not allowed to visit the beach due to COVID restrictions. Jethalal hopes that the children and adults who stay indoors now will be interested in flying kites from terrace. He said that regular customers will come to buy kites this year also.
Mumbai kites are available at affordable price. Made in paper and plastic, they cost around Rs 10-25. Majority of the kites brought from Mumbai carry pictures of Bollywood stars and cartoon characters. Kites with special designs were brought from Mumbai during Coronavirus threat too.
"We struggled a lot to get kites from outside during the COVID times. Celebrations like Avani Avittam and Onam are round the corner. So, many people will buy kites," Jethalal said hopefully. He is of the opinion that nothing can affect the kite sales.