Shopping for Dusshera & Diwali

A Statue of Radha Krishna from Khadi Bhavan Chandigarh
A Statue of Radha Krishna from Khadi Bhavan, Chandigarh

On September 26, 2011,Chandigarh(India) kicked off festival season by inaugurating 10-day Ram Lila programs, a prelude to Dusshera (October 6, 2011), which will be followed by Diwali (October 26, 2011). Gifting, binging, decorating, bursting firecrackers and dressing up are ancient traditions associated with these festivals, requiring shopping.

Today we will take you to bright, spacious Khadi Bhavan located in Sector 17 E, because its annual discount season, generally starting from October 2 to commemorate birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who promoted khadi, coincide with the festival season. You can save substantially with special offers of Khadi. This outlet has eight sections.

You can pick a gift from the Decoration section featuring jewelry boxes, chess sets, paintings, vases and exquisite statues of brass, clay and other materials.

Or, you can buy silver jewelry embellished with semi precious stones and gold plated pieces from the Jewelry section.

Another memorable gift choice is plain and printed khadi silk in subtle and vibrant hues from the Silk Fabric section.

Buy a shawl from the Wool section, as winter is not far. The shawl will keep your near dear ones warm and they will remember you whenever they use it.

Browse through its Leather section for affordable pure leather belts, jackets, key purses, lady’s purses and wallets.

If you have deep pockets, try its designer khadi, ready to wear clothes.

Buy reasonably priced handspun fabric from the Cotton counter during discount season. It’s a steal.

The Toiletries, Murabbas (marmalades), Pickles… section offers handmade herbal soaps and shampoos, homemade pickles and murabbas.

You can choose a useful gift from its rich inventory without spending much. However, read rate labels carefully before paying the bill, as removing the labels from the sold goods, especially jewelry, before packing is a practice. Once we were charged more than what was written on the label. It might be inadvertent.  So, check the labels to avoid disappointment. Khadi opens at 11:00 AM and remains closed on Sundays. The shop has long lunchtime (1:00 PM-3:00 PM).