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Test your gifting instincts



Artha offers you a wide choice of artifacts, especially wind chimes. - Photo: K. Murali Kumar

TUCKED AWAY in the basement of a building is yet another store on Indiranagar's 100 Ft. Road. But this little store is quite aptly called Artha; for, unassuming as it might be, it sells some meaningful gift items.

Artha has a collection of easy-to-pick-up items that fit right into one's budget. Owner B.A. Jagadish is particularly proud of the wind chimes, which he manufactures in his workshop. He says: "I have the largest collection of wind chimes possible in all types of materials like steel, bamboo, copper, ceramic, brass, aluminium and glass." Indeed, the range of wind chimes at the store leaves a customer spellbound, for they come in all colours with different charms and baubles tied to them.

The simpler ones are very beautiful too and are neatly finished in various sizes ranging from six inches to four feet in height. "Each of our chimes is tuned to a scale ranging up to one octave so that the notes produced are in harmony," says Jagadish. One particular pretty wind chime is designed like a xylophone and plays both in the wind and when played by hand.

The store also specialises in items made of rubber wood. Coordinated table sets that include salt- and-pepper shakers, candle stands, and napkin rings, make beautiful gift sets for any occasion.

Other items in wood include powder and jewellery boxes in various shapes and sizes, cups, photos frames, spoons, wooden art on tiles, trays and a number of wooden products that are quaint, yet beautifully crafted.

Paintings too

All around the store there are a number of paintings of all sorts. Oil paintings, digital art on canvas, Ganjifa paintings, glass paintings and sketches are available in many sizes and themes to fit various budgets. Little statues of deities in marble are also pretty, especially the Navagraha set of 14 deities. Followers of other beliefs can also pick up Feng Shui items and pyramid therapy items.

Artha sells a number of knick-knacks for everyday use too. Some of these include aroma oils, candles, gel for plants, dry flowers, incense sticks, gas candles for the table, polished stones for planters, decorative items for the garden etc. Also available is a range of beautiful terracotta pots, jute bags and costume jewellery.

Artha can be contacted on 25287317 or 9845019288.

TINA GARG

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