Submitted by Newseditor on Mon, 2015-12-07 11:52 Bengaluru: “Kallekai Parishe”, the popular groundnuts fair has hit the streets of Basava Temple (Bull Temple) near Ramakrishna Ashrama, Basavanagudi. More than 500 stalls have been put up- the fragrance of fresh groundnuts attracting the commuters plying the street. The annual three-day fair commenced on 6 December 2015, Sunday. The stalls are trying to put up a one-upmanship show to lure the public into buying the nuts from them ground nut for their homes. Sunday morning witnessed a swarm of buyers from all over the city. You can get varieties of ground nuts here -dry, roast, raw roasted and boiled one. The stall owners have arrived here from several parts of Karnataka and also from Tamil Nadu. Speaking on the history of the fair, Gundu Mani, a stall owner from Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu who has been a regular at the Kallekai Parishe since last 40 years said, “Once a cowboy instructed his cow to safeguard the ground nuts stored at his house when he was away. On his return he finds the groundnuts amiss and punishes the cow. It’s only after the cow dies that the owner realises that it was innocent and he starts the fair in its memory”. Gundu Mani added, “I have been running the groundnut stall during the fare since 40 years. There was a time when three litres of ground nut cost Re.1 and now it is Rs100 for the same-100 times more!! The business runs really well here. Also people respond to us nicely. Though it is not one of the favourite eatables among the current generation, it does lure everyone who sees it. Another shop keeper from Krishnagiri, Maadhu Lakshmi was all excited about the response here. He hopes that the customer turn out will be more by the end of the fair. “We do not usually think of groundnuts on our menu but very sight of them can be tempting. We could not resist buying them at the fair. We love this fair”, said Narayan Gowda, a resident of J P Nagar.