Light a home, light a heart

DIWALI IS right at our doorstep. It is time for lighting diyas, celebrating and of course shopping. Markets are all decked up wooing customers with their merchandise. And what have they to offer?

A Lakshmi Puja set has been introduced by Hind Pocket Books. The twin set comprising a booklet and audiotape is priced at Rs.95 while the set with a CD is priced at Rs.495.

In the ready-made section Raymond Apparel has unveiled its Goldline Collection of shirts with beautiful checks for prices starting Rs.1029. Arrow shirts have come out with Highlands collection with bright tartan checks. Available in a variety of colours and styles the shirts can be had for prices ranging from Rs.1195 to 1295. Zodiac is offering authentic designs and rich textures in its festive shirt collection. Prices start Rs.995. Globus, the retail garment chain, in a tie-up with ICICI Credit card is offering special bonanza ranging from 1 gm to 5 gm of gold on purchases for Rs.2500 to 10000.

In the electronics and entertainment section, Philips has come out with Shubh Deepawali offer with assured gifts on every purchase. The offer covers the entire range of audio systems and colour televisions. The gifts range from wall clock, audiocassettes, DVD pouch to wrist watch and even camera. Salora is offering hi-tech range of DVD, VCD and five-in-one multiplayer system. They are priced in the range of Rs.2995 to 8495. Blaupunkt has launched Casablanca CD5 stereos equipped with a 4x50w max power output and a four channel preamp out and other attractive features. It is priced at Rs.22600. The consumer electronics giant Casio is offering a range of digital diaries, clocks, PDAs and digital cameras. The prices of clocks range from Rs.225 to 1200 while the digital diaries begin at Rs.675 and the digital cameras come for prices between Rs.11995 and 50000. Fujifilm is offering two batteries free with new-carded pack of 400 asa and 200 asa film rolls. Meanwhile, LG Electronics has announced the winner of the jackpot for its Diwali promotion, `Patakha Ghumao Inaam Pao'. Delhi-based Tarsane Kumar was the winner.

Anuradha Chhabra's "Jewels by Anu" has a Diwali promotional offer. The range of jewellery includes deity pendants of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha in kundan, gold and coloured stones. The products are available at S-183, Panchshila Park. Hidesign, a leading brand of leather accessories, have launched their collection of jewellery bags. Priced at Rs.3695 onwards the bags are available at exclusive Hidesign outlets and other stores.

Meanwhile, Regal Shoes offers its Diwali range of shoes for men and women. Ladies footwear begins at Rs.490 and for men the prices start Rs.1995. Florsheim has come out with its Comfortech casuals. Made from soft, tumbled leather the shoes in black, coffee and tobacco colours, are priced Rs.3995 onwards.

In the cosmetics category, Oriflame presents Together, a watery, light and transparent fragrance for Him and Her. The fragrances are available for a special price of Rs.890 for a bottle of 50 ml. It has also launched body sprays Eclat, Volare and Serene for Diwali. The House of Baccarose has come out with gift hampers that include Arden Beauty and a Clairns one-step exfoliating cleanser for the festive season. The deodarant natural perfume is priced at Rs.650 while the smooth shave can be had for Rs.750.

In the sweets section, Sweet World has introduced a unique concept of Pick `N' Mix delectable candies. All sweets and candies, comprising chocolate covered candies, liquorice sweets and marshmallows, jellybeans, gummies, etc., are imported from Europe. The product is available at Sweet World kiosk at Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon Marg. ITC has a novel concept of offering Kitchens of India as a gifting option. It has introduced two new dishes Shahi Jamun and Khoya Mutter for Diwali. Piante, at Rajouri Garden has introduced dry glazed murabbas for Rs.140 in gift pack. It also offers a variety of pickles.

Luxor is offering a gift pack with a mix match of Parker pens with accessories like sleek genuine leather card holders and organisers, photoframes, pen pot and key chains, etc.

At the Gurgaon Shopping Festival, spread over various malls the Lifestyle Store has a lucky dip, scratch card coupon and special prizes like Chevrolet Optra car or jewellery. And the CRS Health Store promises availability of all the medicines prescribed by the doctor with the promise that it will undertake to pay for the unavailable medicines. The corporate gift collection from d'Mart, available at Green Park market, includes items like a pen, Ganesha mask in silver, crystal vases, photo frames etc. Ko-Kreation from Frazer and Haws, available at Santushti Shopping Complex, offers a variety of silverware.

While the city is gearing up to enjoy itself this Diwali, Swiss knives maker, Victorinox organised a pre-Diwali get-together with under-privileged children. Over 100 kids from various NGOs of the city including Prayas, Salam Balak Trust and India Vision Foundation, enjoyed a fireworks show.

The company's India representative, Anish Goel said his company was thinking of "doing something" for the poor children and when he found out that October 14 was the birthday of the country's youngest Param Vir Chakra holder, Arun Khetrapal, it decided to invite children from the NGOs to "have pre-Diwali fun as well as to remember the day too as one when a patriot gave his life for the country." Before going home with gifts the children witnessed a demonstration by the Delhi Fire Service on firecracker safety tips.

And for celebrating Diwali safely Ozone Ayurvedics is offering ITIS eye drops, inserting a few drops of which before going out relaxes the eye muscles and relieves eyestrain. It removes the minute foreign particles pervading the air.

For those who feel celebration means sharing what you have, SOS Children's Villages of India, whose office is located at A-7, Nizamuddin West, offer a range of child sponsorship options, with 100 per cent tax exemption for all donations. Over 38 years, the NGO has provided thousands of orphaned and destitute children the comfort of growing up in a family environment.

This Diwali its message is, "You can give a forgotten child such an illuminated life. And what better occasion to give this special gift than Diwali?"

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