Countdown begins

Countdown begins

Deepavali’ is just around the corner and the excitement in the air is palpable. Discount sales are screaming from every corner and shopping has become the order of the day.

Bengalureans are ready to splurge online and offline for ‘Deepavali’, be it for themselves or for their loved ones.

Sujatha Biradar, a service delivery associate, has been checking websites for online sales as she wants to splurge in ethnic wear for the day.

“When one frequents shops on certain websites, they update customers about upcoming sales. The best part about online shopping is that most of the online websites have attractive discounts on the smallest of things. One can be ready with their shopping list and just click away,” she says.

Sujatha wants to shop for festive decor and accessories for her home too. “Shopping online is a one-stop solution for most things. The best part is that even when the bonanza sale is over, if one needs to exchange the item, they can get it at the same reasonable price, which will not be possible elsewhere,” she adds. Online-shopaholics like Simi Choudhury, an HR leader, love to surf the web for shopping solutions.

“I love to shop for ethnic outfits during this season especially different saris. If one wants to buy saris from across states, online websites are the best option for it. I will also be looking for ‘kurtas’ for my husband and a watch for my father, which will have big online offers,” she says.

“With long working hours, I don’t have the time to step out and get matching shoes and accessories for my outfits,”she
says.

Simi is excited that there will be good discounts on kitchen and household appliances too.

“Shopping online cuts down time and one doesn’t have to battle the traffic too,” she says.

Online offers are very attractive and many like Shelendra Pawar, a
statistical programmer, opt to shop for gadgets during this season.

“There are many offers on mobile phones and other gadgets during ‘Deepavali’. I am planning to buy my brother a phone. There are also some household items that will reduce their prices and ‘Buy One Get One Free’ options during this season,” he points out.

But, shopping online for ethnic wear and eatables, is a strict no-no.

“One cannot try the clothes and the return policies aren’t always easy to adhere to,” he says.

Though there are those who go for sweet and dry fruit packages from online portals, Shelendra believes in choosing and customising the packages specially for each household.

“Apart from the freshness quotient, I prefer going to a sweetmeat shop and checking out all the options available instead of just picking up pre-set combinations,” he adds.  

For some like Namrata Patil, a fashion designing student, shopping is an
integral part of the festivities.

“I prefer shopping in Commercial Street, Brigade Road and Okalipuram as they all have festive gifts. I love the tradition of shopping with family and friends, sharing some light conversations and trying out different things,” she says.

Looking forward to buying ‘kurtas’ with printed capes for this ‘Deepavali’, Namrata is waiting for discount sales in the city. “Purchasing clothes online cannot beat the excitement of being at shops and trying an outfit before buying it,” she adds.    

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