Festivals are so incomplete without shopping and Diwali is the time when you cannot escape it either. But how about going for shopping, ranging from the usual to the unusual? We give you a low-down on the sales, exhibitions to special Diwali buys at places where new stock has come in.
BAL KALYAN SANSTHA
This institute or centre is where disabled children find an oasis to build their lives and this year, they have a grand exhibition and sale of diyas, lanterns and other Diwali gift items created by these special children. The special attraction this time would be the ceramic items which have been baked by the kids. Do drop in.
Date: October 25-27
Venue: Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Near Raj Bhavan, Ganeshkhind Road, Aundh
Call: 25655953, 25666953, 25675953
Handmade products are a big hit these days and most look out for places selling them at this point of the year. This Diwali, you can buy handmade products made specially by local women artisans at a special two-day fair.
Date: October 26-27
Venue: North Court, (North Avenue), Road Number 12, Near Joggers Park, Kalyani Nagar
Time: 4pm-9pm (on 26th) and 10am-7pm (on 27th)
Price: Rs 150 entry fee
Call: 9661720001, 9158079810
This is one of the most popular exhibition-cum-sales of everything ethnic, exotic and designer. So you get silk and cotton, dress materials, stoles, dupattas, kurtas, suits, saris and Lucknowi chikan work. The collection comes from quite a number of places – Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and so on. Pick your favourite and make others go green with jealousy.
Date: October 27
Venue: Sonal Hall, Near Ayurved Rashshala, Karve Road
This shop happens to be the one place for your furniture needs and also the place to search for anything in home decor, gifts, traditional handicrafts and such things. Though their annual bazaar just got over, they have new stocks over. So you can buy from lamps, paintings, reclaimed wooden sideboard, old boxes, gold plated silver jewellery, new glass vases, covers and lots more. It is the best place for making your house into a home.
Venue: 390, Lane No 7, Koregaon Park
BACHAT (SELF-HELP) BAZAAR
The Mahila Bachat Gats or women self-help groups are a popular source for loads of interesting stuff, ranging from food products to home items. They are popular groups to shop at during festive season. This Diwali, the PMC with these groups have organised a Bachat Bazaar for special exhibition and sale. Right from traditional and other food items pickles, masalas, Diwali special food items, to clothes, lanterns, diyas, jewellery and so on, it is one-stop shopping paradise at reasonable price. You will also get to eat some amazing food items, both veg and non-veg.
Venue, Date and Time: 1. Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Swargate, till October 24th from 11am-9pm.
2. Yeshwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud, October 25-29, 11am-9pm.
3. PuLa Deshpande Garden, Sinhagad Road, October 25-29, 11am-9pm.
4. Ground besides Zensar Company, Kharadi, October 25-29, 2pm-9pm.
5. Late Sadashiv Devkar Swimming Pool, Alandi Road, Besides Parulekar High school, Vishrantwadi Chowk, October 25-29, 2pm-9pm.
A little bit of splurging on saris is always welcomed by the lovely ladies and so going to this women’s wear boutique can be a good option. This place specialises in saris, blouses, Anarkalis and so on, but for this festive seaon, choose amongst their personally designer saris and blouses.
Venue: Fashion Island, Near Green Park Hotel, Baner Road
Date: till October 28th