Why these vendors love the Jaipur jamboree

As over 50,000 people have visited the fest since it began on January 20, it's raining business for these small-time traders outside Diggi Palace

For Satyanarain, books and authors have nothing to do with his love for the Jaipur Literature Festival. Unlike the thousands of people from across the globe who make the annual pilgrimage to one of  the biggest lit fests, the 28-year-old barber has big business on mind.

Tea time: A vendor serves tea in earthen cups to visitors of the Jaipur
Literature Festival. Pic/AFP

Satyanarain is quite busy managing his makeshift salon at the car and two-wheeler parking outside the fest venue in Diggi Palace.

"Since Friday, I have given at least 600 people haircuts and shaves at my shop," Satyanarain said. He added that most of his clients are drivers or helpers of those who are participating in the fest as speakers, delegates or just visitors.

"I used to have my make-shift shop earlier on the pavements. I found quite a number of cars parked at a ground near Diggi Palace. Thought it to be a good opportunity to be grabbed and see, I am earning much more," he beamed.

Not only him, many others are also doing great business around the fest venue.

As over 50,000 people have visited the fest since it began on January 20, these small-time businessmen are having a jolly good time.

Bhopal Charan is making at least Rs 500-750 every day over the past four days selling cigarettes near Diggi Palace.

"I have hired a helper who calls out to people passing by my makeshift shop for getting cigarettes. I am overwhelmed by the response. It seems those who write and read smoke a lot," reflected Charan.

He said police had to put up signboards inside the venue cautioning people against smoking, as it is a public place. "But this doesn't seem to have made an adverse impact on my business, though police officials sometimes trouble us and direct us to go away from here," said Charan.

Just outside the entrance, there is a man selling pizzas and pastas, trying to woo delegates, especially the younger ones and foreigners.

Displaying his wares on a table, he is busy serving the hungry masses. "I never thought it is going to be so good...I made lots of money thanks to this literature festival," he smiled.

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