Shining Little Channapatna Lacquer Toys and Dolls!

Colorful, shining little colorful Channapatna Toys and Dolls happily sit basking in the early afternoon sun at the outdoor Kaveri Handicrafts Emporium at the Junction of MG Road and Brigade Road, the nerve center of Bangalore. The history of Channapatna Toys can be traced to Tipu Sultan and Persia. They are made out of Ivory Wood (today Teak also) and finished using Lacquer wood finish that gives them that shining, glowing look. They are famous across the world and are THE souvenirs to take home after you visit Bangalore. You can buy Channapatna Toys online too!

Lots of Colorful Bangles Lying on the Ground

A close up shot of a lot of colorful bangles lying discarded in a field. These bangles are called ‘kuppivala’ (????????) in Malayalam, translating to ‘glass bangles’ though they are made of plastic and not glass. These were popular among all girls when I was growing up but today’s new-gen girls mostly prefer costly show-off branded stuff to these ‘traditional’ ones. Lots of colors around.

Colors at The Forum, Koramangala!

Colorful curtain-like strips of cloth hung around the Forum Mall, Koramangala (Adugodi), to celebrate its seventh anniversary in 2011. Seven years! How time flies! (It is eight as of now) I remember being there at The Forum the day it opened and sitting around there till 1 am on New Year’s day of 2005 (There was no curfew those days in Bangalore).