If garam chai and pakoras are not enough to enjoy the rainy weather in the city, then why not go on a shopping spree at a monsoon mela? Celebrating the spirit of the season, the Capital is hosting two monsoon fests, which have a lot of shopping and eating options to offer. From apparels, food items, handicraft items and fashion accessories, these melas are a one-stop-shop this monsoon. Here’s what all they have to offer. Read on.
Blue: Monsoon Design Mela
If the traffic jams and potholes are making you feel blue, this mela, with ‘blue’ as its theme, will surely lift your mood. Organised by Red Earth, this curated design fair features multiple design mediums and talents from all across the country. From paintings to jewellery, fashion accessories to home-décor products, and, crafts and furniture, the mela will offer everything in blue. In its eighth edition, the mela will showcase products from Amru, Design 5 Studio, Design Gandhi, House of Wandering Silk, Nomad, Notlikeyou, and many others. The highlight of the festival will be the stalls by Puja Kshatriya for Artspeaks India, which will have on display paintings in blue. Another interesting stall will be of Pulp Factory where furniture and bags will be displayed with the motto, Newspaper meets form.
Catch it live
Where: Alliance Francaise de Delhi (Galerie Romain Roland), 72 Lodhi Estate
When: August 23-24
Tamana Monsoon Shopping Bazaar
Do some charity at this fest, where you can have a fair dose of fun too. Organised by Tamana, an organisation working for children with special needs, the fest is a fund-raiser. The highlight will be the two stalls put up by children from the organisation, which would have pottery, paper craft products, stitching and tailoring items and much more to offer. “The main idea behind the fest is to create sensitivity and spread awareness, as a lot of people in the city are not aware of this. The two stalls will sell goods entirely made by the children. It’s our way of encouraging them,” says Usha Verma, the organiser of the fest. The price range of the goods start at Rs10 for a handmade card. The bazaar will also host stalls by fashion designers and jewellery designers. Another highlight here will be wood crafts and stalls selling home furnishings. “The bazaar will be open for all. The guests will have to register at the entry gate and collect an invite from there,” adds Verma.
Catch it live
Where: Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place
When: August 24