Business unusual: Border protest a shot in arm for these shopkeepers | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Sarabjit, a shopkeeper who sells jackets near the Singhu border, has been doing brisk business since the protests began. While he barely had 5-10 customers on a normal day and the farmers were present in hordes, he now has 40-50 buyers a day.
Like him, other shopkeepers who used to be upset about the protests near their workplaces are now happy as their sales have grown phenomenally over the past two weeks. Whether shoe sellers, hairdressers or restaurants, they are all flooded with customers.
“I have a family of six and there were days when I barely made any sales. When the protests started, I was upset when I felt my sales would go to zero. But after I set up a booth near the protest site, I’ve made more money in the last two weeks than in a whole year, ”said Sarabjit.
If you go further into the protest site, you can see that despite the agitation that is taking place there, more shops remain open. Samrat, a hairdresser, has now also learned the art of tying turbans. “Although Sikhs do not get a haircut, they are very careful to get their turbans in place. I used to get 10 customers a day, now I get at least 50, ”he said.
While Samrat had closed his shop for the first few days, after much thought he later decided to open it. “A protester visited me and I told him about my fear of keeping the shop open. After learning that I needed money to support my family, he called some protesters and they taught me to tie a turban. They also paid me to have a turban tied properly. My shop has never been empty since then. The protesters are very generous. Many of them pay me more than my usual prices. Even though they are fighting an uphill battle, they keep smiling and asking everyone to believe in God, ”said the barber.
A biryani shopkeeper next to the parlor shared the same feelings. Zaid-ul washed utensils and took orders for lunch at the same time. He said he kept his shop closed for two days. When he opened it again, he was amazed at the reaction of the farmers. “Although many langars are held every day, many demonstrators visit our shops so that we do not suffer losses. They ensure that we earn more money than usual. I do not think their demands are unreasonable. Sleeping on the street on such cold nights must be pretty difficult, but they seem so easy to go on, ”he added.
Sanjay, who sells sweaters and jackets, said he felt he had won a lottery. “I have lowered the prices for all items. Still, I made Rs 1,000 a day compared to just under Rs 100 a day, ”he added.