Ramesh drives the auto for a living but on the eve of the Vinayaka Chathurthi festival, he has been seen hawking near the Chitrakulam for the last seven years.
He has around 200 handmade Ganesha idols of different sizes and expects to sell every piece by Friday evening.
“Thursday evening is the time when the customers come to check out the idol of their choice and the price. Most of them come back on the morning of the festival to make their purchase” Ramesh said, even as scores of customers make enquiries just around 8pm on Thursday.
The smallest idol costs Rs. 50 while the beautiful large-sized hand-made Ganesha sells at Rs. 1000.
He seems to knows his local customers well and says that by the same time tomorrow there will be no idols left with him.
Ramesh resides near the Mundagakanni Amman Temple, Mylapore.
– Report and photo. by S. Prabhu