The Festive Bazaar

In the open area at the Phoenix Market City, Nagar Road, thumping beats from famous Bollywood songs filled the air. There was a make-shift stage and parents watched fondly and clicked photographs as the children danced their hearts out. This was the buzzing scene from the Street Fest – which concluded yesterday – where children and elders alike were taking part in various activities and visiting a range of stalls.

Just around the corner, near the rides and merry-go-rounds, a series of stalls are set up offering a variety of products like clothing, candles and jewellery, among others. It begins with a makeshift nail art studio set up by Pink. Teenage girls crowd the stall as an artist attends to one of her clients. A display of nails painted in various animal and floral patterns in a variety of shades are put up for the benefit of the customers. A little further down the lane, we came across a stall called Fulkariz, which displays a range of dupattas, saris and suit pieces in traditional phulkari embroidery work from Punjab.

There is also a range of jewellery to splurge on. The stall Art and Jewels, offers imitation jewellery in traditional kundan and jadau designs. With Indian and Mughal motifs used in their work, the jewellery sells like hot cakes as people stock up for the wedding season. Just opposite is a stall with a funky name, called Angoothachap. The pieces of jewellery on sale here are interesting charm bracelets featuring charms ranging from little corsets, stilettos and fairy wings, among others. Crystal studded angry birds in red and blue are eye-catching while earrings shaped like Chacha Chaudhuri's moustaches are enough to make a strong and quirky fashion statement.

Brightly coloured lamps that are mounted on a hand-cart light up the evening. The brand Scherazad Lamps sells a variety of lamps in all sizes and shapes. People flock around the cart and try their hand at amateur photography with the cameras of their cell phones as the glass lamps make a fascinating sight. Little glasses of cut glass and coloured glass glow with small candles inside them.

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