And only one thing in town has been defying all odds to get bigger with every passing year for over 6 decades now. The Exhibition Society's "Numaish - The 67th All-India Industrial Exhibition", the most eagerly awaited annual shopping fair, is on from 1st January till the 15th of February.
Started in 1938 as a local exhibition originally intended to display indigenously produced goods in the erstwhile Hyderabad state, the All-India Industrial Exhibition at Hyderabad has today come to be recognized as one of the biggest display windows in the country for trade, commerce and industry, with participants from all over the country, and from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Bangladesh.
This year's exhibition will have 1,000 shops, displaying almost everything in comsumer goods like handmade garments from Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, handicraft items from all over India, costumes, jewelry, a big range of electronic home appliances, dry fruits, traditional garments, trendy wear, leather goods, footwear, table ware, ceramics, handlooms and fitness equipment.
The prices will be reasonably lesser, provided you follow the theory of two prices: the bolne ka daam and the dene ka daam. Always expect the bolne ka daam to be twice the dene ka daam, and so keep bargaining till the seller finally gives up. The underlying hypothesis here is that the seller won't let the buyer go empty-handed or to the next shop. Among the few exceptions are the Kashmiris selling dry fruits and perfumes. They have fixed rates with a almost no discounts. On the othher hand, there will be huge discounts on the electronic appliances.
For entertainment, there is a mini-train, giant wheels, and other joy rides. Food courts serving chaat, paav bhajis, hot piping mirchi bajjis, alu bajjis and vadas, and Chinese fast food, have been set up for all the perennial nibblers. For the sweet-toothed, there are also sweet and ice-cream stalls.
The entry charges are just Rs. 10 per head, and these support the activities of the Exhibition Society, like the management of 18 educational institutions that serve over 35,000 students of Hyderabad and the surrounding districts. For further details, please contact the Exhibition Society at 2460-3015/2460-3553.