Wear good luck on your sleeve, literally!

By Divya Kapoor, July 27th, Hindustan Times

Are you still looking for that unique gift for your sister or wandering the markets for an exclusive rakhi design that will put a smile on your brother’s face this Rakshabandhan? Well, your search stops here! From rakhis that can fetch you good marks, make you successful at work and bring good  luck, to traditional suits from Pakistan and beautiful hand-painted coasters, this time around, rakhi bazaars are abundant with innovative options that will make the festival a memorable one for you.

Cartoon Rakhis
This exhibition has over 3,000 different rakhi designs for all age groups, ranging from Rs30 to Rs1,195. “There are soft cotton threads for three-month-olds that are made without any beads and zariwork. The Angry Birds designs continue to be one of our bestselling items even this year and we have about 50 different varieties available for Rs50. We also have cartoon designs like Doraemon, Ben10, Spider-Man, Hanuman and Chhota Bheem also,” says Mukesh Goyal, owner of Kriti Creations, which has put up this fest along with Select Citywalk Mall. For adults, there are Feng Shui designs, education rakhis, prosperity rakhis and health rakhis that have holy mantras inscribed on them. “All Feng Shui designs are priced between Rs30 and Rs100,” says Goyal.

Where: A-3, District Centre, Saket
When: From July 30 to August 1 Timings: 11am to 10pm

Design Mela
You can visit a Red Earth store dedicated exclusively to rakhis, which is part of the Design Mela Monsoon 2012, featuring fashion apparel, food home-decor products, accessories, crafts, music and more. The store has limited edition designer rakhis by fashion designers Abraham and Thakore and Mayank Mansingh Kaul. While the Abraham and Thakore pieces come in red, pink and yellow (Rs1,000), the Mayank Mansingh Kaul designs are in green and pink. All the rakhis come in a special handmade silk potli, along with designer tags, packed in an envelope.

Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate; When: July 28 and 29 Timings: 11am to 8pm

For people of Gurgaon

This might be a one-day exhibition, but it has a versatile bazaar that is going to feature ethnic jewellery, apparel, home decor, footwear and gifting items from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkara and Pakistan. “Gurgaon is very limited in terms of the choices it offers other than luxury brands. The idea of this exhibition is to offer rare, unusual things from different regions under one roof,” says Ritu Varma, the organiser of the exhibition. “We’ve got different vendors who will be selling beautifully handcrafted rakhis and pieces made in pure silver,” says Varma. The festival will have 35 stalls, which will also include Pakistani suits, rakhis, traditional jewellery from Jaipur, and stone-studded footwear from Mumbai.

Where: Epicentre, Gurgaon When: July 31
Timings: 11am to 9pm

Peacok, Radha Krishna Rakhis
Pacific Mall in Tagore Garden has put up various rakhi special stalls that offer various kinds of rakhis. They consist of handmade rakhis all the way from cities like Kolkata, Gujarat, Chennai, Mumbai and Rajasthan. “We have swarovski -studded designs and designs made out of rudraksh, zari and silk ranging from R5 to R250. The peacock and Radha-Krishna designs are the hottest sellers this time,” says Anju Bindal, who has put up a stall at the mall. Apart from this, there are also stalls with mehendi artists, some selling home decor items and also some stocking up various kinds of gifting options.

Where: Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden
When: Ongoing till August 2
Timings: 11am to 9 pm

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