Markets alight this Diwali
YET ANOTHER Diwali is at our doorstep. So what if this time it is going to be less noisy? There are a thousand things, other than crackers, for people to sink their money in this festive season, what with retailers lining up attractive schemes. The markets are all decked up, beckoning and waiting expectantly. Besides Swarovski's brilliant crystals, so ideal for gifting, this year Amrapali has come out with an exquisite Diwali collection that includes abstract Ganeshas, contemporary interpretations of tantric and tribal art. The craftsmen at Amrapali blend silver with semi-precious stones. Items on offer include silver platters, dessert cutlery and fruit forks, stirrers in floral patterns, pen stands and napkin rings, antique diyas, lamps, akshat kumkum patras and uralis.
Talking of crystals
An impressive assortment of gift options has been lined up by d'Mart Exclusif at Greater Kailash-I. The highlight of the gift collection is Ganapati, an exquisitely styled Ganesha, handcrafted in 92.5 sterling silver and embellished with light blue Swarovski crystals, by renowned silversmiths from Italy. Talking of crystals, Karol Bagh's Elite Store has an exclusive collection of Lord Ganesha in 24 per cent lead crystal for this Diwali.
Ganesha Vardvinayak by Frazer and Haws
Jindal Stainless Steel's art d'Inox has also unveiled an attractive range comprising coloured mugs and serving bowls priced between Rs.350 and 815. Sanchi brand of silverware, certified and hallmarked for purity and authenticity by MMTC, offers tableware, religious items, gold and silver medallions. Available at its showroom in Jhandewalan, the products come with an assurance of 925.0 in sterling silver and 999.0 in gold and silver medallions.
Designer Anuradha Chhabra has unveiled her collection of eye-catching designer diyas, `Roshni', in impressive shapes and sizes, besides graceful moulds of Ganesha, Lakshmi and other deities. Electronics major, LG Electronics has come out with a `Diwali double bonanza' offer for My PC range of computers, promising assured gifts and freebies. The value of gifts ranges from Rs.3500 to 9490. The consumer durables major, Electrolux, is offering its products, including ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, etc., at attractive prices. Frazer and Haws going in the divine direction have launched their Diwali range of eclectic icons. The collection for `Generation Now' begins at Rs.500.
Anjana Bhargav, the fashion designer, riding high this festive season, has an endless variety of fancy wear to offer. Drink concentrate Rasna offers an all-new flavour, Rasna Shake Up Kesar Badam.
A fruity Diwali
Not to be left behind, Dabur presents three attractive Real fruit juice hampers this festive season. While the set of three one-litre packs of Real juice in orange, pineapple and mixed fruit is priced at Rs.200, the six-pack of 200-ml each is priced at Rs.90. Kohinoor juices too are offering special Diwali packs. The packs have six 200-ml packs of guava apple and 1000-ml one of apple. Ladakh Foods has also joined the race with gift packs of its famed seabuckthorn Leh Berry fruit packs. Weikfield has also brought out gift hampers of St. Dalfour fruit preserves advertised as 100 per cent pure and made from age-old French recipes. The gift hampers come in three variants.
Gift hamper from Cookieman
To spread the sweetness around, The Gourmet Shoppe at The Oberoi's is offering gold and silver hampers, specially wrapped for this Diwali, priced at Rs.1401 and 1901 respectively. The silver hampers contain dry fruits, assorted cookies, chocolate espresso tarts, banana and rum cake, honey, Indian masala tea, an ornamental silver box with a coin and diyas, while the gold hampers have, besides these items, an ornamental golden box.
Special collection by Anuradha Chhabra
Cakes and pastries
Habitat World at the India Habitat Centre brings scrumptious cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolates and Indian sweets. Special gift packs can be had from The Pastry Shop and Granma's at Eatopia. Cookie Man, makers of fresh-baked Australian cookies, offers attractively packaged cookies for the festival of light and joy. Gift hampers have been brought out by Nirula's and Kwality's Bread and More too.
Gold hamper at The Gourmet Shoppe, The Oberoi
Meanwhile, Lakme has unleashed its Fireworks range of cosmetics comprising 12 rich sparkling shades in Enrich Lipcolor, besides nailcolor, eye cube, kohl sparklers and face highlighters. And there is of course Archies with its aromatic candles and lamps, etc besides an array of cards, perhaps the best way to greet anyone and express one's feelings.
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