A Christmas (Market) Cheer!
Have you been looking for a place to do some last minute Christmas shopping? Don’t worry you’re just on time!
Colourful stalls lined the space below the boulevard at the Rangoli Metro station situated in MG Road on 17th-18th December, 2016. The Christmas Market was two days of deep-dyed joy for the people of the city. Looking back upon history, the three wise saints all brought gifts when they visited baby Messiah. And since then, traditions have been a crucial part of December 25th , Christmas Day. Vendors displayed festivities such as Christmas decorations, wreaths, masks, books and toys that were inspired originally from Dr. Seuss’s Grinch. There were also stalls selling baked Christmas goodies such as plum cakes, brownies, cupcakes, dessert jars, cookies, candies and toppers. And one of the interesting stalls was Jus’ Amazin - Offering a variety of plant based butter and cheese!Jus’ Amazin is a 3-month old initiative started by Shilpa. “This has been a personal journey right from the start. My son has been allergic to diary and soy and that’s where I began experimenting with funny foods to know what he loves most,” says Shilpa. “And nothing tastes awesome as the conventional ways of nut butters, seed butters, nut based cheese, salad dressing and dessert spreads,” added Shilpa.There were stalls on traditional apparels such as kurtis, skirts, Kashmiri shawls and handloom dresses. And along with this were stalls on women accessories, handmade jewellery, personal hygiene and baby products. There were also stalls on various home decor items and accessories. And one place that attracted many passer-by’s was the UnU store. The UnU store is an upcycling project that’s 6 months old. “We have a mixed team of artists and designers who have come together with such quirky ideas,” says Mitin Paul. And now, the UnU store has a variety of products such as denim cover notebooks, earphone covers, cushions, bags and stickers.Green Bug is a much needed organic product created by couple Arun and Jyoti in June 2015. “Green bug bags are the best alternate, hassle-free way to dispose of your waste at home. Made with upcycled paper and grain starch glue, you don’t have to worry about polluting the world any further,” says Arun. “And the bags are not the only social impact. We provide this work to underprivileged women from all around Bangalore to help them support and raise their families in a clean and green environment,” added Arun.Geetu and Neeraj are BVC students at St. Joseph’s college. “We randomly landed here and it has been colourful just like the spirit of Christmas,” says Neeraj. “We loved some of the paintings at a couple of stores we passed by. And I have been thinking about getting something from the UnU store,” added Geetu.