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Now, no-frills 'earthquake T-shirts' in Nepal for Rs 500

A week after a massive temblor killed more than 7,000 and flattened large parts of Nepal, two brothers with a penchant for business have launched “earthquake T-shirts” that are being sold in stores in the country’s tourism capital.

world Updated: May 04, 2015 11:21 IST
Ruchir Kumar

A week after a massive temblor killed more than 7,000 and flattened large parts of Nepal, two brothers with a penchant for business have launched "earthquake T-shirts" that are being sold in stores in the country’s tourism capital.



Siblings Tiken Limbu, 30, and Tenzing Nurbu Sherpa, 23, designed the no-frills T-shirts, available in round and V-neck, that carry a price tag of Rs 500 a piece.



In comparison, a Pashmina stole made of sheep’s wool sells for between Rs 400 and Rs 600.



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Tiken Limbu (L) and Tenzing Nurbu Sherpa designed no-frills T-shirts, available in round and V-neck. (Ruchir Kumar/HT Photo)



The T-shirts depict a clock with its hands stuck at 11:56am. That was when the earthquake, the worst in 81 years, struck Nepal on April 25. Below the clock is an inscription – "Earthquake 7.9" and the date according to the Nepalese and the Gregorian calendar.



Available in two shades – black and white – the T-shirts are selling like hot cakes among foreign tourists.



"It’s good to have something you can wear as memorabilia of the catastrophe," said Andrew Williams from Poland, who bought one for himself.



"I came up with the idea the very second day after the earthquake. My brother helped me design it," said Tiken, who is the proprietor of the Holy Heaven hotel.



Tiken has a degree in hotel management while Tenzing is pursuing a four-year bachelor’s programme in hotel and tourism management.



Though the T-shirt has been commercially launched, Tiken said its design was not complete.



"After the death toll settles down, we will emboss on the back the final toll, with the inscription ‘God save Nepal’," he said.



The death toll has continued to rise as relief teams fanned out to remote areas devastated by the quake and extricated bodies from under the rubble.



Others have sought to cash in after the quake, but in less scrupulous ways. Private transport operators jacked up their fares with eateries sold food at prohibitively expensive rates.



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