As an air of celebration engulfs the city in its preparation for the festival
of light, there is an event going on that is not just entertaining Hyderabad,
but also, and more importantly, helping us find time with each other. And like
we promised you, here we are with live coverage of the city in these, the Navaratri
and Tourism Month, celebrations.
The Hyderabad Shopping Festival at the Necklace Road is one place that is happening
for all the right reasons. With the theme - To Family, With Love - one just can't
go wrong. And with the waters of the Hussain Sagar in the background and spread
over a fair bit of land, this is an excellent shopping fest on a large scale.
With over 40 stalls set up with all their wares on display, you can find almost
everything at this festival. You'll wonder, like we did, who'll buy the massive
LG television priced in the stratosphere's neighbourhood, but it is a wonder anyway.
Cookware, glassware, electronics, home appliances, interior decors, batteries,
nuts, biscuits and dot coms, they're all there. Even financial advice, spirituality,
matchmaking and numerology. That is variety!
Some pretty big names - LG, Samsung, Videocon, Sansui, Unnati Industries, Karvy
Consultants - and lesser known names like Muradabad handicrafts, Tadla Implex
and Sai Baba Lace Works, are some of the stalls. A stall worth a mention is the
Tadla Implex, it has these beautiful illuminated waterfall wall frames that are
Now for the best part - it's the Kids Mela section. It has these huge inflatable
slides and rides that make you wish you were a kid all over again. It is delightful,
and the little ones are thoroughly enjoying it. And then there are the ever-popular
food stalls, Epicurus' mouth-watering chat, Sweet Manpasand ice golas from Calcutta,
and even burgers and fries.
Promoted by the A P Tourism Department, this event is being co-sponsored by Thums
Up and BPL, and has got to be one the best shopping festivals you'd have witnessed.
It's an ideal outing for the entire family, with heaps of gifts to be won (an
Astra Coria car and a Samsung Washing machine are just a couple), plenty of lucrative
discounts and great fun and entertainment for the kids.
The entry fee is a nominal Rs 10, and for kids below five, entry is free. This
festival is on till the 27th of October 2000. So take some time off your busy
schedule and enjoy quality time with the family at Necklace Road.