Food, fun and frolic

Food, fun and frolic

Food, fun and frolic

Santa Claus is making a pit stop around the globe to spread the Christmas spirit. This time, he halted at ITPB cricket ground, Whitefield, and sent his little elves to spread joy through the ‘Sunday Soul Sante — Christmas Edition’.

Bengalureans from near and far made an attempt to get past all the crazy traffic to be a part of this festivity that’s truly a shopper’s paradise.

With fun, quirky and exciting items for everyone, this year again Bengaluru was spoilt for choices to shop for this season.

For those who couldn’t find the perfect gift for their secret child at work, for some creative gifts to give friends and family or simply to pamper oneself, the flea market had it all.
Asha Rao, the founder of ‘Soul Sante’, was thrilled to see the crowd that came in to the flea market.

She says, “Every month when we have this flea market, we witness a lot more people than the last. This year, we’ve not been failed for the same. It’s wonderful to see so many gather to be a part of this Christmas edition and everyone seemed to have fun as well.”

Proving that the City is indeed the start-up capital, the flea market saw 300 stores that displayed a large variety of items ranging from clothes to pottery, paintings and quirky homemade creations. Everyone from the young and the elders to four-legged enthusiasts from around the City walked in to enjoy the celebrations from 10 am to 10 pm.

Madhurima Bhattacharjee, a City-based apparel designer, had a stall that showcased her collection.

She says, “I started my journey with ‘Sunday Soul Sante’ two years ago and it has been an awesome experience. It’s a validation to an entrepreneur’s creative ideas and makes you believe in yourself even more. This edition was a particularly good market and I had the highest sales ever. I hope I am able to beat this score the next time.”

Many other stalls featured items that were in tune with the season.  A store called ‘Bubble Dew’ featured fun Christmas decorations like a snowman made from socks and other handmade decorations for the Christmas tree.

One of the highlights of the celebration was Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who dropped by to promote Amazon’s ‘Kya Pehnu’ campaign.

The ‘Vicky Donor’ actor was seen talking about the importance of nailing the perfect look for any occasion. It received an overwhelming response from fashion enthusiasts who were eager to get personalised styling tips from him.Post sunset, the centerstage filled with City-based bands like ‘Parvaaz’, ‘Mad Orange Fireworks’ and ‘Carlton Braganza & friends’ who entertained the crowd with their music.

The models walked the ramp to showcase the beautiful Khadi collection of designer Tara Aslam, that was organised by Prasad Bidapa. Another part of the ground witnessed techno fans grooving to the beats as the night grew dark. The food stalls also enthralled people with mouth-watering delicacies like ‘nachos’, ‘tacos’, ‘momos’, ‘grilled barbecues’ and more.

There were also other established restaurants like ‘Hunan’, ‘Khandani Rajdhani’ and ‘Khan Saheb’ churning out delicious treats.

Steve, a corporate professional who was accompanied by his pet dog, says he had a lot of fun at the fair.

He adds, “It’s my second time here with my friends. I wanted to see if there’s anything fun to buy for my dog and she’s pretty happy with what we got her.”

Offering an exciting amalgamation of creative items, food and live performances, the Christmas edition was yet again a grand success.

Sneha Thomas, who is a regular at the ‘Soul Sante’, was also extremely thrilled to be a part of the edition.

“Without a doubt, my feet were hurting by the end of the day with hours of walking in the sun, but the overall experience was wonderful. This is how I always imagine spending my Sundays,” she smiles.

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