35,000 laughing Buddha idols at Sonepur fair
A good number of stalls selling Chinese Feng-Shui items and other traditional things claiming to bring ‘good luck and prosperity’ are selling like hot cakes. Rajesh K Thakur reports.india Updated: Nov 11, 2009 22:52 IST
If you feel luck is not supporting you and you have failed in achieving success in life despite hard labour, then some stalls put up at the Sonepur fair could provide you an answer.
A good number of stalls selling Chinese Feng-Shui items and other traditional things claiming to bring ‘good luck and prosperity’ are selling like hot cakes.
Rohan Kumar, a boy at a stall, said: “The sale of good-luck cards is huge. Already 20,000 good-luck cards have been sold so far.”
Who buys the good-luck cards? Raghu another sales boy said: “Youths preparing for competitive exams are buying the good-luck cards. The price for these range between Rs 20 and 60.”
The good-luck cards, which are painted with symbols and used for future telling and star-based astrology, is kept in the pocket. The sellers claim good luck and success will come to the owner within ten days after buying. The gullible have fallen for the ‘guarantee’ the sellers offer.
There are two types of good-luck cards: one is general while the second is special and is based on birth dates. The young couples and students can be seen buying the cards based on their date of birth.
Ruhi and Pankaj a newly wedded couple said: “We brought good-luck card as we both work and want favourable luck in conjugal and professional lives.”
Around 35,000 laughing Buddha idols, supposed to bring good luck, have been sold since November 1.
“Mostly businessmen and housewives buy them for prosperity,” said Ambi Lama.
The most important thing is the sellers give receipts and in case of failure of good-luck cards and other items in ensuring good success and result, the sold good-luck cards are taken back within 10 days.
Good luck to buyers!