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Smart investments

Art pieces and artefacts are being increasingly seen as excellent forms of investments in these recessionary times. File photos for representational purposes only

The great Indian middle class sometimes displays a rare wisdom for it believes in the policy of “hope for the best but prepare for the worst”. Such an attitude can play a significant role especially when the recession monster is creeping in.  If you actually give it a thought you can use the situation to the hilt.

There is really no reason to be terrified about sailing through these rough tides if one pays attention investing in the right areas. If you think that buying a piece of property is not a viable option in the present scenario buy artefacts and antique pieces of considerable value at reasonable prices today and dispose them at a later date when the market looks up. In the meanwhile you can enjoy the company of beautiful things and dapple in the best art emporiums looking for a steal!

Tasteful decoration of one’s home should be the key and keen mantra of the savvy. When financial investment is coupled with a sense of aesthetics, India is the place to be, because we have just about every kind of artefact and in all feasible materials worked on intricately by experts in the field using a know-how which has been handed down traditionally over the ages.

Just about every major city in India has an art emporium or two which runs under auspices of its state government besides, housing, handicraft and art showrooms representing other states in the country.

Karnataka hosts Cauvery emporiums in major cities which house just about every kind of artefact that represent the art profile of Karnataka and have been doing regular consistent business over the decades. Officials and salespersons in the various Cauvery emporiums opine that sales have increased in the recent past. The famous M G Road in Bangalore which is dotted with art emporiums at regular intervals has become the cynosure for many a prospective buyer.

Just about any artistic item under the sun is available in these shops for a price, hence it is advisable or the prospective buyer to do some ground work before he actually launches into a buying spree.

Check for authenticity

 He must check for the triple factor of the items that he chooses to buy- authenticity, aesthetics and uniqueness in terms of material, workmanship and rarity.

While items made of sandalwood, teak or rose wood rank superior on cannot discount the beauty or value of brassware, Bidriware, wrought-iron, porcelain, silverware, and glassware among other things.

The range of traditional and folk paintings is another world by themselves.
Traditional Thanjavur, Mysore and Madhubani paintings with traditional motifs cost a good bit more than their humbler country cousins because precious metals and gems are used in the course of painting. These paintings not only have a longer life but also have a fairly steady market value.

Appealing pieces of traditional folk paintings like the Rajasthani par , Warli , Patua Pithora, Patta Chitra or palm leaf painting from Orissa, traditional Thanjavur and Mysore paintings when displayed in turns will not only embellish your walls but will contribute indirectly to sustain the traditional arts and the artists in the process of safeguarding your investments during these difficult times.

When you nurture a social conscience along with your artistic penchant to possess all that is bright and beautiful, you can be rest assured that you will find the experience of beautifying your home very invigorating and worthwhile.

Once your collection gains momentum you will find that the rough tide has ebbed and you have spent your time and money wisely and beautifully and are all set to take the next step forward.

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