Sale of angithis, choolhas, heaters sees sudden jump in biting cold

The dip in the temperature over the past few days has led to a jump in the sale of heaters and traditional means used to keep houses warm.

Besides electrical heaters and blowers which are selling like hot cakes, even the traditional and the old means used in the past like Angithis, Choolahs and Aaris are suddenly in great demand.

Maana Devi, who has been making Choolhas and the Angithis for more than ten years in Sector 25 says "The dip in the temperature has increased the sale of our hand-made heaters. Earlier whereas we could barely sell even one a day, now we are selling almost three to four Angithis a day".

"Hand made heaters are very affordable and the fuel used for lighting them up is also very cheap. The price of these heaters vary within a range of Rs 50 - 200 and the fuel which is a cowdung cake costs just Rs 2 a cake," said Jayanti Kumari, another seller.

Varun Bhardwaj, a resident of Panchkula said, "I am born and brought up in Shimla, so I like the traditional Angithis more. They give you a homely feeling when you are staying away from home".

City residents are flocking to electronic shops to buy heaters and blowers to keep their houses warm. "The sale of heaters from last week has increased. This is our last stock of the season which I think will be finished soon. From halogen heaters to the quartz rod heater and the blowers, everything is in demand. Around twenty to twenty five heaters are being sold everyday since the very beginning of this month," said Rohit Kansal, owner of Bharat Electricals in Sector 18-C .

An electrical heater can cost anything between

Rs 900 to Rs 11,000.

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