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Traders at the 15th Deepavali Carnival at Bukit Jalil National Stadium have brought the latest trends — Photos: RAYMOND OOI, ROHAIZAT DARUS, FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

SHOPPERS will be spoilt for choice this Deepavali, thanks to a large selection of bazaars and carnivals in the Klang Valley.

Malaysians looking for good old Bollywood fashion items can opt for either the local council bazaars located all over the Klang Valley or visit the private bazaars located in KL Sentral and the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

LOCAL COUNCIL BAZAARS

StarMetro highlighted in our story “Low demand for stalls in KL” the plight of these traders who had faced slow business ever since they opened up, but most are not letting the slump affect them.

In Kuala Lumpur, the council bazaars can be found in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid India, Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Ipoh and Brickfields.

Traders in Jalan Lebuh Ampang were seen enthusiastically calling out to pedestrians walking past their lots selling traditional outfits, Deepavali decorations complete with welcome signs as well as fresh sweets and savoury items.

Seasoned businesswoman Jaindi Kuppusamy, 42, and her sister Punitha Kuppusamy, 41, make murukku on the spot, a rare sight at bazaars given the amount of work needed for it.

A shopper trying out sweets from Moghul Mahal Restaurant Sdn Bhd at the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar 2016.
A shopper trying out sweets from Moghul Mahal Restaurant Sdn Bhd at the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar 2016.

They said they started making the Indian festive treat as early as 6am and only stop at 10pm to ensure fresh supply for their clients.

Over in Brickfields, traders at Jalan Chan Ah Tong enjoy brisk business at night as shoppers throng the area after work. The Deepavali atmosphere comes to life with music, lights and rows of items on sale.

Selangor is not to be outdone with a number of bazaars in Rawang, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang.

Instead of heading to Brickfields or Kuala Lumpur to shop, folks in Rawang are heading to Jalan Welman’s Deepavali bazaar to get traditional clothes, bangles and rings, fireworks, ornaments, sweets and traditional cookies.

Open from 9.30am to 10pm until Oct 29, the street known as the “Little India” of Rawang is abuzz with activities.

Although the variety may be a tad smaller than the big Deepavali bazaars elsewhere, traders at the Rawang bazaar are very accommodative and will do their best to satisfy customers’ wishes.

Since this area is located further away from the city, many Indian folks have made it their preferred place to shop as prices are very competitive and even cheaper compared to bazaars in the city due to higher rentals.

Handmade shoes for ladies at the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar.
Handmade shoes for ladies at the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar.

Klang has a new spot for the Deepa-vali bazaar this year, in Lorong Tingkat and Lorong Rembau in Little India.

Most of the items here are affordably priced making it a great place to get bargains for the whole family.

N. Ponmalar, 46, from Nirmal Trading at lot 20 handmakes her own jewellery, including the popular thread earrings and necklaces.

The self-taught artist sells her thread earrings at between RM10 and RM35 depending on size and design while her necklace-and-earring sets sell at RM70 or RM80 each.

Another trader Sarojini Devi Periasamy from lot 10 or Shini Resources Collection sells adorable children’s outfits including the pavadai set for little girls.

PRIVATE BAZAARS

There is an allure in items imported from India and Pakistan and this Deepavali, there are two bazaars offering this promotion by local traders.

The bazaars are the Agenda Suria Communication’s 15th Deepavali Carnival 2016 in Bukit Jalil as well as the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar 2016.

Shahrizat (centre) launching Agenda Suria Communication’s 15th Deepavali Carnival in Bukit Jalil with other VIPs.
Shahrizat (centre) launching Agenda Suria Communication’s 15th Deepavali Carnival in Bukit Jalil with other VIPs.

Celebrating their anniversary with a Malaysia Book of Records entry for the Largest Oil Lamp Replica, Agenda Suria’s carnival was launched by Women Entrepreneurial and Professional Development adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil on Friday night.

She commended Agenda Suria represented by its chief executive officer Jaggarao Simancha and adviser Tan Sri S. Veerasingam on their consistency and sustainability as well as the business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

True to her words, there were a number of women entrepreneurs at the bazaar with over 400 booths selling pretty clothes, Indian kitchenware, decorations, delectable food and costume jewellery to name a few.

Over 65% of the traders are from Malaysia while the rest are from Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Calcutta, Mumbai, Orissa, Punjab, Gujerat, Puducherry and Andaman.

The traders have brought the latest fashion trends for shoppers of all ages.

Look for easy-to-wear kurti tops for a simple and comfortable festive outfit or go for the more elaborate pieces and saree that have been brought from various states in India.

Menfolk can also look for jippa and sherwani with beadwork and stones or opt for the simple cooling cotton shirts.

Ponmalar sells her handmade thread earrings and necklaces at the Klang Deepavali bazaar.
Ponmalar sells her handmade thread earrings and necklaces at the Klang Deepavali bazaar.

After the long walk, families can get together or take a break with a steaming mug of spiced tea or cold mango lassi and Indian snacks.

The Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar 2016 is organised by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (Gopio), DP Ganaa Network Sdn Bhd and SS Smart Network Sdn Bhd. It is being held at the once-popular Deepavali bazaar spot in the open carpark next to Nu Sentral.

From handmade furniture made from fine rosewood and jati wood to comfortable handloom bedspreads, the bazaar is a great place for a shopping treat after work.

The handmade furniture from Pakistan include unique cushions made in tapestry style from a combination of cotton and velvet.

The handloom bedsheets priced from RM70 onwards are made from fine cotton and come in a variety of colours.

DP Ganaa Network executive officer Paul AllieMuthu said there were over a 150 booths selling goods at affordable prices.

Look for special lamps to light up your home at the GOPIO International Deepavali Bazaar 2016
Look for special lamps to light up your home at the Gopio International Deepavali Bazaar 2016

Those looking for other services including wedding photography or special lamps for their house or office may find the bazaar useful.

The launch of the bazaar was held on Saturday with famed Indian actress Amala Paul.

Both bazaars will be open until Oct 28 from noon until 10pm.

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