Slow death of another tradition

Portable cooling water cans replace Adilabad ranzan.

By   |  Published: 16th Feb 2017  9:23 pmUpdated: 16th Feb 2017  10:05 pm
Adilabad ranzan kept for sale at governmebt high school (old) in Karimagar town. Photo: By Arrangemnet

Karimnagar: Only cool water can quench the thirst of people in the scorching heat. During summers, people prefer to drink chilled water. A majority of them like to consume naturally cooled water such as ranzan or pot.

Adilabad ranzan (long earthen pot) is famous in cooling the water. Most of the people prefer to drink ranzan water since they believe that the water becomes tastier after pouring in earthen pots. People, especially the poor extensively purchase ranzans during the summer season.

However, like other traditional articles, Adilabad ranzan is also gradually losing its importance following the invention of new cooling methods. Portable cooling water cans has greatly damaged ranzan business. Business establishments are showing interest to get water cans since the latter can be easily carried from one place to another whereas it is not possible to move ranzan frequently and it has to be washed regularly. Water suppliers change the cans every day. As a result, the sales of ranzas have come down during the last few years when compared to the previous years.

Sharing his experience with Tabloid Today, Baba, a ranzan trader, said that earlier he used to sell about 2,500 to 3,000 ranzans every summer season. It has come down to 1,000 to 1,200. It was only because of potable cooling water cans, said Baba, who has been selling ranzan in front of the Government High School (old), Karimangar town for the last 30 years.

Earlier almost all business establishments used to purchase ranzans to quench the thirst of customers as well as their workers, but now they were getting potable water cans since the suppliers provide cool water at a cheaper price, he informed.

Besides potable cans, creation of new districts has also damaged the business, said another trader Khadeer. By this time every year, he used to sell 400 to 500 ranzans. But now, per day, only two to three pots are being sold, he said and added that they were not going to get the investment since the manufacturers have also hiked price by Rs 30.