Numaish Masnuaat-E-Mulki, the 69th All-India Industrial Exhibition, is on from 1st January to the 15th of February, at the exhibition grounds, Nampally. There are about 2,500 stalls, with participants from our neighbouring countries as well. This year, however, Pakistan, one of the most frequent participators, is missing at the venue.
The display includes almost everything that one could think of, invluding apparel, jewellery, electronic home appliances, dry fruits, handmade garments and handicraft items from all over India, leather goods, footwear, tableware, ceramics, and fitness equipment.
The prices could be reasonably low, if you follow the mantra of 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 Kashmiri sellers of dry fruits and perfumes, who have fixed rates with almost no bargains or discounts. On the other hand, there are bound to be huge discounts on electronic appliances.
A mini-train, the giant wheel, and other joy rides make up the entertainment that the Numaish symbolizes for most. Food courts serving chaat, pav bhajis, piping hot mirchi and alu bajjis and vadas, and Chinese fast food, have been set up for the perennial nibblers. For the sweet-toothed, there are also sweet and ice-cream stalls.
Started in 1938 with just 100 stalls, the All-India Industrial Exhibition was a local exhibition originally intended to display indigenously produced goods in the erstwhile Hyderabad state. Today, it has 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 Iran, Turkey, Afganistan and Bangladesh.
Entry charges are just Rs. 10 per head, and these support the activities of the Exhibition Society, including the management of 18 educational institutions that serve over 35,000 students of Hyderabad and the surrounding districts.
Please contact the Exhibition Society at 2460-3015/2460-3553 for further details.