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A varied spectacle


SUNGLASS SINCE its advent, has become one of the daily necessities of every one, particularly in hot places.

Called by different names such as cooling glasses (in India), goggles, etc., its shape has also changed from time to time.

Similarly, the size of lens has also undergone rapid changes. While eye-catching fashions come out every month in their shape and lens, is that all available in the City?

"Yes", says, Basheer, proprietor of the Taj Opticals located on the Town Hall Road.

"Though there are different shapes, cricket glasses used by players are hot-sellers closely followed by the eye-ball size", he says, adding, "with regard to shades, black and brown attract many customers. But with advancement of technology photosensitive glasses have come and today many of them buy this type. Moreover, this is a twin-purpose model — as they serve as both anti-glare and night riding glasses".

"In the recent days among women, a particular model, used by a woman character in a mega serial is a big hit and they also ask for the glass by the character's name itself", points out Mr. Basheer while detailing about the latest hit models.

"As for as the production units are concerned, most of the imported frames come from Italy, Japan and South Korea. Japan tops in sale of frames followed by Italy. In India frames are mostly made in Gujarat and there are several brands which give good quality", he says.

Regarding lens, he says, "they come from France and Germany. This is because both the countries are rich in the minerals for making lenses".

"All products in our shop are given guarantee as per the company norms and all popular international brands are available here whose cost runs even up to Rs.5000. When compared to the rate of these pieces abroad, it is lesser here as conversion in Indian currency gives an edge", Mr. Basheer explains.

About identifying the best quality, he says, "if you place the lens at the level of your eyes and view it, the lens will be flat if it is an original piece. In the case of low quality, it will have bubbles or you will find a wavering on the glass".

While this is the situation for high-end customers, there are also glasses available at `down-to-earth' prices. These pieces are mostly available on roadside shops, which buy them in bulk from Bangalore traders and sell in the city.

Pandi, who has one such shop in a busy corner of the city, says, "the price varies from Rs.10 to Rs.30, for baby glasses and for elders Rs.40 to Rs.100."

On customer's choice, he says, "driving glasses in black shade and plain sell fast. We sell only common models, which could be used by both sexes".

"Not all the time the business will be good. But approximately, I get a monthly income of Rs.2000 through this business" he says.

Every industry has two extremes and so does this field also. But the truth is that they cover all sections of the society in providing cool vision with products available at competitive rates suiting everyone's pocket.

M.R.ARAVINDAN

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