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HindustanTimes Fri,21 Nov 2014

Lifestyle

Anything for you, Brother!
Aakriti Sawhney , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 16, 2013
First Published: 16:48 IST(16/8/2013)
Last Updated: 18:36 IST(16/8/2013)
School girls tie 'rakhi' on the wrist of a school boy on the eve of Raksha Bandhan at Sun Valley Public School in Amritsar.

The festival that celebrates the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters is just round the corner, and so are all the festivities. A few days before the festival, the markets are filled with different types of Rakhis. Every year, we see a variety of rakhis that are custom made and suited to different needs. This includes designer to jewelled and handmade rakhis. We bring you a few of such places in town where you can stop by to buy that one special Rakhi you are looking for your dear brother.

Pocket friendly ones
You can buys a rakhi for Rs10 at this market. The range includes traditional rakhis, decorated roli threads, lumbas, rakhi with terracotta Ganesha motif and much more. They also have rice and roli packets priced at Rs20. Don’t forget to bargain if you’re buying quite a few rakhis. The market is beautifully decorated and also offers knick knacks
that can make for great gifts for your sister.
Where: Green Park Main Market.
Timings: 11am to 8pm

Jewelled Rakhis
You can choose from a wide range of beautiful rakhis available at 9rasa.com. Watch out for zardozi peacock with kundans beads, fragrant sandalwood beads rakhi, rakhi with sequins, beads and resham thread work and more types. You can also order other accompaniments such as shagun essentials and sweets from the site. Prices start at Rs199.

Gold-plated Rakhis
If buying an exotic and expensive rakhi is on your mind, then you can choose from a range of heritage rakhis that includes traditional silver and gold-plated rakhis with auspicious symbols on them for your brother. As for women (as per a tradition followed by many), they have silver and gold-plated jhumki lumba rakhis with beads and zari dori. The price starts at Rs1,070. You can view the collection on www.tribebyamrapali.com.
Where: Amrapali, 39/A, Khan Market
Timings: 11am to 7pm

‘Coz You've Always Made Faces!
What will really attract you when here, is the stall that offers customised handmade rakhis by Pins and Bows. You can choose from styles such as a car rakhi, cartoon rakhi, telebuddies rakhi and much more. Or get a photo rakhi made with a picture of your brother and that too, in just one day’s time. You can also choose from a range of swarovski rakhis by Anouk. The prices start at Rs150
Where: Select City Walk Mall, Saket
Timings: 11am to 10pm

Earthy Rakhis
Come here to buy rakhis that are handmade in fabrics such as cotton, silk and crochet. Made in vibrant colours, they are beautiful to look at and are decorated with ceramic and glass beads. Buy them at R350 per piece. The theme revolves around flowers and nature. “Our rakhis can also be used as bracelets and friendship bands. So there is a multi-utility to them,” says Namita Chauhan from Shades of India. Besides, they also have Rakshabandhan gifts that includes kurtis and linen shirts.
Where: Shades of India, 127, Meharchand Market
Timings: 10am to 7pm


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