Silchar: The valley of Barak has been under the spate of cold wave for the last fortnight. According to the report of the meteorological department, the temperature has dipped down to 9 degree Celsius during night which rises somewhere between 18 degree Celsius and 20 degree Celsius. As the sun sets, streets get thinner and thinner as people on sundry business and agenda prefer to remain indoors and the vehicular traffic too gradually goes off the roads. The shops, big and small, dealing in winter garments, are doing brisk business.
Men, women and children flock the shops for winter dresses of their choice. Vishal, Big Bazaar, City Craft, City Life, Metro Bazaar, V2, Kolkata Bazaar and Bazaar India seem to vie with one another in marketing latest and trendy woolen apparels. The traditional Bhutia woollen market, known for hand woven and comparatively cheaper priced winter garments as usual, is humming with the customers. More the wintry days, more the business. So, for some winter is the season of making money. But, for the poor and needy people, the only way to keep themselves warm in the cold nights is to stand by bonfire as this photograph shows.