Clothes. check. Accessories, check. Footwear, check. Dandiya, check. With just two days to go for Navratri, shopping has picked up in the city significantly. While city markets may have been the traditional shopping destinations for city shoppers for years, several youngsters have opted for online shopping this time.
Offers and discounts Festive collections in city stores do not guarantee offers. Many shopping websites on the contrary are offering massive discounts and special Navratri deals. City Premier College student Swati Dhoot said, “It is raining offers and deals on online portals. We could avail a staggering 70 per cent discount via coupon codes. My friends and I collectively ordered many kurtis, dupattas, chaniya cholis and mojaris.”
BBA student Manjiri Deshpande too feels that it is better to shop online. “I love to attend dandiya and garba events, so I need plenty of dresses. And I can’t waste my energy visiting multiple outlets. So, I browsed online and bought some dresses. I got fabulous discounts, which was the icing on the cake.”
Cool and convenient Boys usually hate to make those tiring trips to city markets that are generally flooded with buyers on festive occasions. Echoing this sentiment, young entrepreneur Kashyap Mehta said, “For men, online shopping is a blessing. Forget markets, even malls are over crowded this time of the year. It is really convenient and you can save time, energy and fuel. I don’t have to disturb my work schedule either for shopping. Also, you get a lot of options to choose from and you can compare prices in the nick of time. I ordered nine different kurta-pyjamas online, sitting in the living room of my house.”
Spoilt for choice Educationist Urmi Chakravorty Mittra ordered a designer saree online for Durga Puja this year, instead of a traditional cotton saree. Explaining her reasons, the 26-year-old said, “I started my search for a red and white saree by hunting in popular saree stores in the city but didn’t find anything worthwhile. Bengali women have to wear this saree for puja as part of the tradition, but thereafter it can’t be worn elsewhere. So, when I came across a beautiful saree from an ace designer’s collection on a photo-sharing site, I immediately called for it. You just have to place the order on a chat messenger. Shopping cannot get easier than this.”
Sacchit Patel, a student at the Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, too preferred going the tech savvy way this Navratri. “I attend the garba nights all the nine days, so I need variety in my wardrobe; which I easily find online. Not only apparels, but plenty of options are available in terms of accessories too. I even bought matching pagdis and jootis, along with kurtas.”