S. S. Kavitha
From plasma TV sets to jute bags, this fair has everything
MADURAI: To overcome temptation, better yield to it. Yield to it at the ‘The Hindu Metroplus Lifestyle Show 2008.’ Want to furnish your home with new home appliances and furniture. Hurry up, it is time to visit the exhibition which is back with a bang for the third consecutive year.
A wide range of water heaters is on display. Apart from the usual models, there are new varieties such as ‘Wave’ that could withstand high water pressure, especially designed to suit usage of pressure pumps and in apartments.
These models are available from 40 to 150 litres in the price range of Rs. 8,000 to Rs.16,500. Another unique model comes with a circuit breaker that disconnects power when it detects leakage. There is also a mixer that comes with a three-in-one blade and three jars in the range of Rs. 2,000 to Rs.2,500.
For the housewife, the fair has a wide variety of modular kitchens that could be designed in such a way to suit the buyer’s purse.
There are table-top removable grinders, gas stove with an exchange offer, emergency lamps and chopping and grating systems. Want to escape the cost of gas, go in for induction cooker that works on electricity. It can cook up to 25 kg of rice. It is 50 per cent faster and 100 per cent safer than gas, and comes for Rs. 3, 000 with two utensils.
From the kitchen, move on to the drawing and living room. Exquisitely designed furniture with space knowledge are abundant. Certainly, you cannot escape the temptation.
The cushioned sofa sets, wooden furniture, dressing tables, cots-cum-sofa sets, dining tables and what not. Italian-designed sofas are available at affordable prices with 10 per cent discount and five-year warranty.
As for electronic goods, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Philips vie with one another to attract customers with exclusive offers. Samsung has a wide range — from television sets to refrigerators.
LCD to HD series
This year’s attractions include four new series LCD models and full HD series in plasma television. There are buy-one-and-get-two offer, 100 per cent assured gifts and attractive prices.
Philips has showcased its 20-inch LCD television sets with PC input for Rs.15,000 along with DVD players with pen drive hub. Panasonic offers 10 per cent discount on LCD and plasma models. The 42-inch plasma model comes for Rs.89,000 with a free camera worth Rs.9,000.
LG has also displayed a wide range of electronic goods, especially washing machines with direct drive system that enables technology integration with motor, belt and pulley into a single, quiet and durable motor attached directly to the drum.
If there is any idea of buying a computer, the HP pavilion has both desktops and laptops with truckloads of offers. For fun, you can get your family photograph printed on mugs, tiles, plates, metal sheets, key chains and on anything. For children, the expo has battery-operated toys, colourful dress materials, mouth fresheners, CD collections, massaging chairs, one-gram gold jewellery, jute bags and chappals.
The expo with 140-odd stalls has on display products of 100 participants from all over the country. Samsung Electronics is the title sponsor of the show and co-sponsors include HP Compaq, Maruti Suzuki, Jute Manufacturing Development Council and ‘Sun Direct’ DTH. Others associated with the event are Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Madurai, I Ads and Events and Blue Hills.
The expo is open between 10 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. till July 14 at Tamukkam Grounds.