Imphal, Nov 7,
With just one day to go to celebrate Ningol Chakkouba, Imphalites today witnessed Khwairamband Keithel – one of the most crowded Market today with thousands of parents, brothers thronging for buying gifts and the best edible items for their daughters and sisters who had left and start a new life with their in-laws. Starting from Maharani Bridge at Nagamapal towards Khwairamband Keithel till Rupmahal Theatre hall in BT road not even a single space was seen as almost all the area was crowded by people. Traffic police faced hard time in controlling the peoples’ movement and vehicles were diverted for conveniences of the pedestrian customers. One interesting scene witness today is the empty space at all the first floors of the Three Khwairamband Keithel. Some time passers- perhaps community who did not celebrate Ningol Chakkouba were seen hanging on the second floor of the three market building watching the crowd. Some lady vendor even were seen above the drain as they found no place to sell their goods. Those hoping to get some profit from selling the goods today and those coming to buy for their daughters and sister face lot of inconveniences not Photo by Sh Ajit because there is no place for them, but because the vendor ladies were not allowed to use the empty space of the first floor of the three Ima Keithel . “This is the only festival that I can enjoy a tasty meal together with my sisters and this is the only moment that I can buy something for my sister who had started a new life,” Khangembam Bonbir said while his wife Babita was carrying a set of handloom made Phanek and ennaphi. “Now I am looking for a tasty fish and some banana, coconuts and fruit for my wife Babita, for taking it to her parental home,” Bonbir said.