Be the nerd star of the class

There was a time when the only exciting part of going back to school was shopping for new notebooks, with illustrated covers, labels with cool prints and fancy-shaped sharpeners and erasers.

While scourging the gullies around Abdul Rehman Street — the city’s wholesale stationary market this year, we noticed that Angry Birds ruled the roost. Pen-pencils, school bags, ball pens, erasers and our favourite — big sharpeners at Gift Garden opposite Crawford Market. We found interesting schoolbags too, the most attractive being a bag shaped like Spongebob Squarepants. Several stores also sold punchcraft tools and paper strips, the new craft items in the city.

As for compass boxes bigger the better, some even had bubble makers attached to them. With so much on offer, if we were kids we would be rather distracted souls in schools.

Come rain, come shine
With the beginning of school also comes the onset of rains. This pen-pencil mixes both of them, resulting in a cute umbrella pencil.
For: Rs 5
At: Kalpana Stationery and Book Centre, Shop no 23, MG Road, Mulund (W).
Call: 25644027

Funny business
If you have kids at your home, we don’t need to talk about Doraemon’s popularity. This eraser comes with an option of different expressions of the robot cat.
For: Rs 10
At: Gifts and More, 299 Abdul Rehman Street.
Call: 66690982

This set of two dice shaped erasers had some game instructions written in Chinese on the back with each number representing something, which we couldn’t figure. We used it as regular dice and it erases quite well, too.
For: Rs 20
At: Gift Garden, Abdul Rehman Street, opposite Crawford Market.
Call: 9323123095 / 9820111616

Screw it!
Like several other products in the market, this one too came packed in an Angry Birds cover just because it is in red and yellow. But we love this screwdriver-shaped pencil eraser because it’s as innovative as it can get.
For: Rs 25 for a set of two
At: Gift Garden, Abdul Rehman Street, opposite Crawford Market.
Call: 9323123095 / 9820111616

Glitter those jitters
These glitter pencils guaranty you a shiny first day at school. This pack of 12 glitter pencils is for all the little divas out there.
For: Rs 25
At: All is Well, Janjikar Street, near Abdul Rehman Street.
Call: 9867804241 

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