`Treasure Island' beckons

Wooing the shoppers with great offers. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

Wooing the shoppers with great offers. — Photo: K. Gopinathan  

OVER 100 shops on a 400-metre stretch; shoppers packing the narrow street along with vehicles of all types. Mercifully, autorickshaws are not allowed on Commercial Street.

From around the turn of the last century, for generations of Bangaloreans, Commercial Street has been the ultimate shopping destination. There are shops and showrooms for every budget. For the thrifty, there are smaller lanes branching off, where no goods carry price tags and bargaining is the name of the game.

Then there are the smaller stalls selling everything from bindis to hairpins and costume jewellery of the type more often seen in Bollywood movies. There are enterprising "darzis" willing to copy a designer dress for one-third the cost. Nobody would know the difference.

Commercial Street is now in the midst of a shopping festival, celebrating the festive season. Organised by the Bangalore Commercial Association, the name of the fest is "Treasure Island". Because one of our leading jewellers, C. Krishniah Chetty and Sons, is the main sponsor.

Also associated with the shopping fest are American Express, Reliance India Mobile, Reid and Taylor, Air Deccan, and others.

The event has been on for the last two years and in its third instalment, it's holding nothing back. Over a period of three weeks, there are prizes to be won, including 135 gold coins, a diamond solitaire, and discounts at almost every shop.

FM Radio City is in the thick of action with Radio Jockey Darius prowling the street and asking the random shopper the zaniest of questions.

Come up with the right answers and you could walk away with a prize.

By K. Satyamurty

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