Cook with a dandiya this Diwali

Published: 21 October, 2012 10:11 IST | Anjana Vaswani |

Lanterns, diyas, gifts, sweets and clothes...there's really no getting out of shopping this season, but Anjana Vaswani found 12 very good reasons to pull out your wallet � buys that perk up the shopping experience and boost your karma quotient

Dandiya spatulas
These hand crafted spatulas and stirrers (sizes: nine-inch and 14.5-inch) from Matsya, a team of marketers and design enthusiasts who work to bridge the gap between artisans and their urban customers, are eco-friendly products to brighten up any kitchen.

For: Rs 255 to Rs 365
At: Matsya, 1, Radha Sadhan, Kesar Baug, Near Swami Samarth Mandir,
Mulund (East)
Call: 9833099522

Roses like no other
Each satin rose on these stunning torans is handmade by mentally challenged students of the Jai Vakeel School and Vocational Training Centre, where, working in small groups over eight to 10 days (per toran), the children have prepared a collection for the festive season. Currently, they offer these in four colour-combinations — red and gold, white and red, cream and red and white and gold.
FOR: R1,125 (for a 3.5 ft toran)
At: The Research Society, Sewri Hill, Sewri Road, opposite Abhyudaya Nagar, Building no 12, near Kalachowki Police Station
Call: 24701231

A modern sparkle
New Delhi designer Mukul Goyal combines functionality with contemporary style in these gold and chrome tea-light candles. These items from his range can be delivered to your doorstep in three to seven days. Available in gold and chrome. These sheathed metal tea-light holders sized 12 x 12 x 12.5 cms from the designer’s range add a modern element to traditional home decor.

For: R2,612

Box it
The second day of Diwali celebrates Lord Krishna’s vanquishing of the demon Naraka. These digitally printed cotton 10x8x12 inch boxes from Charcoal Project commemorate the event. Use them to store your trinkets or to send Diwali sweets to your friends.
For: R790
(delivery within 10 days)

Dress up with diyas and rangoli
These 18 karat gold-plated Isharya earrings allow
you to flaunt the spirit of the season.
For: Rs 13,090 (Rangoli earrings);
R8,850 (Diya-shaped earrings)
At: Rangoli-pattern earrings available at Ensemble outlets; Diya earrings available at Aza, 3 Cornelian Society, ground floor, Kemp’s Corner
Call: 23822161, 23821163

Ra-One...`o clock
The countdown to Dussehra gets more interesting with this Kathakali- Ravan clock, hand-painted and then lacquered on aluminium. The classical Indian dance form that emerged in Kerala depicts Ravan in green, the colour associated with nobility.
For: Rs 1,600
At: Fluke Design Company, B-207/ 208 Payal Building, Seven Bungalows, Versova, Andheri (W)
Call: 9920390066, 98204 50066, 40165821

Regal gifts or showpieces
Vandana and Lovy Khosla’s ceramic jars and bowls with silver and white finishing ooze an inimitable antique, regal charm. Use these as showpieces in your home or fill them up with sweets for completely unique Diwali gifts.
For: Urban Jar (Round): R5,995; Urban Jar (Tall): R4,995; Urban Bowl: Rs 3,995

All that glitters
Premier handbag designer Judith Leiber couldn’t have picked a more auspicious time to make an entrance in Mumbai. These bags from her new contemporary collection, Overture, are statement pieces that could well have been designed just for Diwali.
For: Rs 36,000
At: Though the brand
hasn’t opened its doors officially as yet, call
Samannaz for private appointments or to place your order on 9819421393

Star light, star bright
Why not prepare for Christmas even as you celebrate Diwali? These starry stained-glass string-up tea-lights work just as well for both occasions.

For: Rs 722
At: Tribal Route, Cottage Number 18 Aram
Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W)
Call: 9967058848

Lot(u)s to read
Use this faux leather, hand-painted magazine holder embellished with the flower Goddess Lakshmi is associated with to store your magazines, or get creative and turn it into a gift hamper. The product is even available in two sizes.
For: Rs 3,200 (about 14” x13”); R900 (about 8”x7”)
At: Fluke Design Company, B-207/ 208 Payal Building, Seven Bungalows, Versova, Andheri (W)
Call: 9920390066,
9820450066, 40165821

Generosity never smelled so sweet
Available in Chandan, Rose, Kewda and Mogra-Lemongrass, these incense sticks manufactured by the special children of the Jai Vakeel School would, no doubt, add an extra punch to any Diwali puja. And, since they’re available in such pretty packages, you may want to throw these into those gift hampers you’re sending out too
For: Rs 40 per pack
At: The Research Society, Sewri Hill, Sewri Road, opposite Abhyudaya Nagar, building no 12, near Kalachowki Police Station
Call: 24701231

Pop poster coasters
Phataka coasters from The Big Bag Theory set the mood for those crackle-and-pop Diwali parties.
For: Rs 650

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