Pondicherry shop draws up a novel plan to woo customers
PONDICHERRY: If you like shopping on New Year's Day and also getting a complimentary Mehandi design on your palms, then you could walk into the Casablanca Store on Mission Street on Sunday. As part of its New Year celebrations, Casablanca has a Mehandi designer, Vennila from T.V. Nagar in Pondicherry at hand..
Big queues are seen waiting for her. Vipasana, a Montessori-going child from Hyderabad, who is visiting Pondicherry along with her parents Govindarajan and Archana, was waiting for Vennila to finish both her palms. "She is crazy about mehandi and we don't mind waiting for sometime till she gets it done", says her father. While Govindarajan waited, Archana finished her shopping of candles and other stuff. Asked how she would have her lunch as she had mehandi in the hand Vipasana said "Mummy will feed me".
Standing in the queue for some correction of an earlier mehandi design was young Chandana. "I had asked for a heart design but I don't know what this is," she said.
Sitting next to the mehandi designer were terracotta potters Ramu and Shanmugam, who are brothers-in-law. A large number of foreign visitors were attracted by their ever-revolving potter wheel that helped them makepots, "non-stick ware", flower vases and even a smoking pipe. "People come here to photograph us while working and also of the things that we have made. They buy the raw clay stuff that we have made," they say. Last year the store enlisted the services of a mehandi designer, a portrait artist and an astrologer for Deepavali.