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The business of cheap lemonades is picking up everywhere

Photos by Ali Rehan Pushon
Text by Wafiur Rahman

Dhaka is recently seeing an influx of portable lemonade vendors. The trade is mushrooming everywhere across major cities of the country. Already considered to be a massive hit among the masses, this Tk. 5 drink per glass is quenching the thirst of the nation, at a crucial time when the summer heat is at its peak.
Easy to set up and with minimal capital required, all a vendor need are a day’s worth of lemons (sold at excruciatingly low prices) half a kilogram of beet salt, 4-5 containers of filtered water and half the amount worth of ice. The time for break-even is hardly a month, so you will probably see vendors of different ages selling, in an attempt to get a quick return from their investments and raise income.
As far as hygiene is concerned, it remains a question mark for some. Recent footages shot at Zia Uddyan exposed the use of lake water in place of mineral water. But with all exceptions, not all vendors are unscrupulous in their integrity. As long as they are honest in their profession, and quenching our thirsts, there is no harm in making a quick buck.

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