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Special festival, special offers...


THE FESTIVAL of lights is here and so is shopping, and so are the myriad offers - lucrative and affordable, expensive and illuminating - worth a glance or a buy. Just to begin with, ITC's Expression has come out with Expression Utsav Cards with the theme of auspicious beginning. Besides Ganesha, the lord of new initiatives and Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, diyas, swastika and rangoli complement the cards. These cards of about 302 designs are priced between Rs. 3 and 80 and are available in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi languages.

Then there is a festive discount on a new range of items. Take for instance, a range of shirts from Peter England, Everfresh and Dazzlers. The former, available in over 50 designs with purista treatment meaning, they are anti-bacterial that reduces the growth of odour producing bacteria in shirts. The Dazzlers define bright, bold shirts in checks, solids, fill-a-fills and superfine twills along with Satin - a whole new range of trousers.


There is no dearth of offers for ladies - Pitambari Saris, for example, is offering a flat discount of 20 per cent on the entire collection at their outlets in Adhchini and East Patel Nagar, New Delhi. And The Shopper' Stop offers `The Glitter, Glamour and Gifts festival' for women-only. The festive offer also provides them an opportunity to earn while they shop. If they buy goods worth Rs 5,000 of Christian Dior brand they get free lipstick, 50 ml of cleanser and mascara worth 2,500 and purchase of Rs. 1000 worth goods from Loreal would help get a coffee set free. While Anuradha Chhabra, jewellery designer unveils her jewellery and offers special gift items like photo frames in thewa and deity pendants of Laxmi and Ganesha with men's jewellery like buttons in gold and diamonds. Cufflinks and tiepins as also with chokers, rani haars, earrings, bracelets, tikkas, matha patti, nath etc. While the women's range starts from Rs. 1,500, the men's starts at Rs 2,000. While Khanna Jeweller's festive season offer includes a collection created from hallmarked gold and certified diamond for working women, lady of leisure and brides - available in South Extension, Rajouri Garden and Karol Bagh.

For children from four to 16 years also, there are a few collections on offer like three new collections from Gini & Jony's Music for girls, Five and DenimX for boys. A stylised, casual wear for girls inspired by the elements of music, contains the rock look, musical instruments depicted through prints and badges. Priced between Rs. 225 and 825. While for boys there are tussar fabric bottom wear and heavy jersey ranging between Rs 325 and 875. Denim-X is denim-based theme with graphical prints on top wears and flock prints ranging up to Rs. 995. All these are available at Shoppers Stop, Big Jo's, K's Mall and Ebony, etc.

In footwear, you have Portland's `The Drive' as the festive season offer, coming in three ranges, the Ego, safe, Power, and Rebel Drive - to go with both casual and formal dresses, all ranging between Rs. 1289 and 1789.

Ask women on the occasion what they look forward to, the answer may well be kitchenware. That's why many companies have come up to satiate a woman's desire for good kitchenware too. So Antiquity enamelware launches five-piece utility set containing one karahi, one saucepan. Three fry pans in three different sizes, available for Rs. 900, these have vitreous enamel coating for quality, durability and elegant looks and come in orange, yellow, blue, green and chocolate colours. Similarly, Black Diamond non-stick cookware introduces its gift pack on Diwali in Regular and Tuftkote series, both in two to five pieces, ranging from Rs. 740 to 2,208.


There is also Celebration From Amway offer. The celebration pack is priced at Rs 658 and includes ultra conditioning products for superior skin care and moisturisers.

While the Festival Bonanza that comes from BPL promises attractive prices on its product range of TVs, refrigerators and washing machines - that gives you finance options from zero per cent interests and low EMIs with a gifts like a pair watches, digital diary and trolly, etc. As it launches its CTV Models in four different screens of 21", 25", 29" and 34", this they claim is the world's only range with a minimum sound output of 1000 watts. The home theatre called FX series consists of television with in-built Dolby 5.1 amplifiers with five internal speakers, a subwoofer and DVD player. It also has its Matrix range of flat televisions "falling into an average buyer's pocket," as they claim.

Philips is also not lagging behind. It is trying to attract you with the `Philips Diwali manao, World Cup jao' offer. On the purchase of any Philips colour television, Mini Hi-Fi systems, DVD players, Home cinema packages PC Monitors, mobile phones and LCD projectors, the consumer gets to participate in the offer and win over a chance to go to Cricket World Cup. The offer is valid till November 15. Also comes scratch and win colour TV offer with guaranteed gifts with every purchase from them.


Architectural gift items are also in the line -- d'Mart Exclusif comes out with its corporate gift offers of wall hangings, ashtrays, wine glasses, potpourri bowls and so on. Priced between Rs. 1000 to 10,000, this wide selection of masterpieces in pewter, crafted by reputed Artina-SKS brand has been imported from Austria. While the Funcraft , interiors, furniture and architecture launches `Epicurean and Phoenix' furniture styled traditionally with carved motifs, comes in vibrant colours and also geometric forms. Teak wood, glass, brass, sued and leather and silk are what compose the designs and accessories of the furniture here. Also added are paintings, brassware, candle stands and bedspreads, etc.

After the celebrations, there is lot of cleaning to be done at home. `Clorox' home care products comes for your help here as bleach, carpet cleaner, disinfecting wipes, soft scrub etc, ranging from Rs. 35 to 335.

So it's shopping time folks.

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