PANAJI, INDIA, September 18, 2012 (India Times): Ganesh Chaturthi demands an expansive spread of vegetarian delicacies and it is no surprise that prices have shot up in the run-up to the festival. The hiked prices have made grocery shopping an expensive affair not only for those celebrating the festival, but for other households too. On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Panaji market was abuzz with activity. The demand for a wide variety of vegetables during the festival has seen the market overflowing with regular as well as some exotic types of veggies. Pumpkins, cucumber, ladyfinger and beetroot seem to be the hottest selling items for most vegetable vendors.
Cucumber, which was priced at 20 per kilo a few days ago, is now being sold for as much as 30-40. The same goes for beetroot. Ridged gourd, ladyfinger, pumpkin, elephant foot yam (suran) and french bean prices have also increased sizably. Though prices may vary between markets, they are still higher than usual. Sellers say that the price rise is inevitable and that there will be a further increase in vegetable and fruit prices during the start of the festival. "What can we do? Ganesh Chaturthi is one of our main festivals. But we don't spend so much every day, so once in a while it is okay," said Parab Chodankar, a man who had come along with his family to buy fruits and vegetables. Along with the vegetables, prices of flowers have also shot up.