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These products grow on you

T.G.T.G.


TREE OF Life, on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, is the latest to join the home boutique bandwagon. The name board in various bright hues beckons you to walk into the store that seems to have an attitude, besides, a lot of things for your home. Owned by Monica Dayakar and inspired by the Tree of Life in Bahrain - a tree in the midst of nowhere - this store aims to bring together all the "elements that make up life".

As you enter the store, you are greeted by a beautifully sculpted tree decorated with little copper pots, which symbolises the five elements of life - air, water, earth, fire, and ether.

The Tree of Life, houses wares from all over the country, along with a few products made in the City itself. Ms. Dayakar, who sources her goods from creative entrepreneurs, assures you that the store has exclusive stuff as she personally selects the products, and "there is something to suit all pockets," she adds. So, one can either pick a glass Ganesha for Rs. 30 or a designer saree for Rs. 10,000. "Good stuff need not always come at a high price. I have tried to get the best kind of products under one roof and pass it on to the customer at a competitive price," says Ms. Dayakar.

The jewellery section also has some interesting designs. Here, you have silver jewellery with gemstones that come in beautiful hues and varied sizes.


Though priced a little steeply, figurines in chemical and minerals from Kolkata are unique. They are elegant and beautifully crafted yet have a rustic quality. The brass and glass lamps in varied hues also find a place on the racks. Be it the Golden Bridge or Khurja pottery, Tree of Life offers an extensive range of crockery. Dinner sets are priced at Rs. 2,450 and tea sets around Rs. 260. You can pick anything from the beer mugs, casseroles, platters, soup bowls, coasters, vases, napkins holders, lamps, soap holders, bathroom sets, or the clay "kullads" (used to serve tea).

Chinese floor rugs displayed here are priced at Rs. 890 onwards. There are various candles that look appropriate to light up your home. You can choose from the wide array of wax candle lamps for the garden or the glass candles made by Fiya Rustomjee of Bangalore. Though these are priced a little high, Ms. Dayakar assures you that they burn for a minimum of 19 hours. The store offers a range of linen, bedspreads in satins, cottons, handloom, curtains, blankets (synthetic and wool) that includes bedroom sets with six curtains, a bedspread and four cushions covers.

Garments at the store include organza stoles from Pondicherry (Rs. 350), summer shawls (Rs. 850), brush painted stoles (Rs. 650), Mangalgiri kurtas (Rs. 375 upwards), and designer saris.

The store can be contacted on 4153131.

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