High price for traditional Christmas feast
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India, has seen high
prices this year for the traditional Christmas turkey feast, but customers have
been prepared to pay the price for the special bird on Christmas
Arvind Lal Sonkar, the only turkey salesman in Kolkata, says that an
average whole turkey, of around four kilos, has sold for more than Rs 1000 (more
than 17 euro).
"If one turkey costs Rs 1000, one will have to spend Rs 700-800 for the
dressing required to cook it and for the stuffing, only then will one get its
authentic taste," Sonkar said.
Sonkar only ordered 400 turkeys for retail sale this year, owing to the
Even though turkey is much more expensive than chicken, families are
prepared to pay the premium because, they say, they eat chicken almost every
"We have to eat turkey this one time of the year, no matter how expensive
it may be," said Rushid Aalam, customer.
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