FabIndia: Indian clothing and textiles
FabIndia goes back to the 1960s. People say the clothing is well-made and won't lose their color. Great range of ladies and men's traditional clothing. I also saw packages of tea, muesli (German & Swiss breakfast food) and other stuff up front.
What to buy: Beautiful saris and kurtas in long and short sleeves with pajama pants or the stretchy type pants, dopattas (silk, cotton) and shawls (little heavier). Also a nice style of kurta with a full skirt.
On the men's side, I bought a very nice shirt for my son - not too flashy, but woven cotton. They also have men's kurtas and more, dhoti (pancha)
Opposite this shop is one with extremely fancy wedding clothing, but FabIndia seems to be more for daily wear.
What to pay: More expensive than the clothing at the New Market. But less expensive than at some other artisan/craft shops.
- Arts and Culture
many shops -: New Market
The New Market is a cluster of shops in the dowtown area. You can bargain & therefore need someone with you who can speak Bengali (Hindi & Urdu also spoken by some). If you bargain, you can get very good deals for ladies or men's clothing, crafts, gifts. etc.
The Market seems to date back to the British period; one landmark (where you could meet a driver) is the clock tower.
What to pay: Less than the first price given
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- Arts and Culture
M.Biswas & Symphony: Find all your Musics of the world
This is the shop you have been looking for all your music needs in Kolkata! The shop is about 100 years old selling CDs, VCDs, DVDs of choicest quality for generations. In earlier days they used to sell Radios, Transistors, Record, Radiograms etc. With times changing they too changed their business but the service remains the same, very courteous and humble. They are the largest retailer of Music Cassettes, CDs, DVDs in India. Their prices are surely cheaper also. They stock only original music and no pirated stuff sold here.
They have very large collections of Indian, Western movies, Music CD/ DVDs, albums in Indian languages and English as well. A buyer can also search for music in other languages also, you may be lucky.
They also sell blank, CDs, DVDs, DVD players, Pen drives, MP3 players, Ipods, Multimedia speakers, Home Theaters, and all other things related to music.
What to buy: Your choice of music in CD, DVD & music Cassettes.
What to pay: Prices are very reasonable in this shop.
What to buy: Fine art is everywhere - from this talented little chap in front of New Market to some very up-scale gallerys - like Aakrihi, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street (back gate of St. Xavier's College).
What to pay: Be generous
Communication World: Cell Phone
What to buy: Instead of bringing your cell phone for very expensive re-routing - buy an Indian phone and a limited SIM card. This service will bring a phone to your hotel and activate it for you. Remember to give the hotel phone as a reference as they ask for a land line for verification. The simpliest solution.
What to pay: About $15 for the phone and $15 for 500 units on the SIM
Oxford Book Store: Books
World-class bookstore - attractive setting - excellent selection with a coffee bar and seating for you to look at your possible purchase at leisure.
What to buy: Many local guide books - some you will only find here. Large selection of Indian Writers - most of whom are out-of-print in the west. The cookbook section should take you all day.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
SOUTH CITY SHOPPING MALL: SHOP TILL YOU DROP!
This shopping centre is on a par with shopping centres in any modern city in the world- in size and in its grandeur.
Shops- from designer boutiques to sports stores- all the big name brands are there. It has many floors- I don't recall how many- but it is well laid out, and easy to negotiate- important when there is so much to see.
There is a lovely food court on the top floor. Hair Salons and Beauty Spa's seem popular.
Air-conditioned and well -lit, this shopping mall is the place to shop in Kolkata. It has it all.
What to buy: Everything is available- fixed prices.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Sir Stuart Hogg Market or New Market of Kolkata!
The 19th Century Britishers of Calcutta felt they do not have a proper market of their own British gentry in Calcutta. So they should have a proper market just in the style of London markets ( super markets). The then British gentry appealed to The Calcutta Municipal corpn and they ordered East India Railway company to execute a market in 1873. It was given Gothic Architechtural shape by the renowned British architect Mr. R.Bayney. The market was formally opened only for British or white Europeans on 1st January' 1874. All the famous shops and company of London opened their stores here, such as Cuthbertson & Harper and so on. In 1903 it was named after Sir Stuart Hogg, who was then chairman of Calcutta Corporation.
Till the begining of World warII the place remained reserved only for whites, natives or the Bengalies were not allowed. At the end of the war they felt they are loosing grip over the city and then it was opened to local rich & wealthy people. This place is a Landmark in Kolkata city and still remains very popular among the well to do Bengalies despite heat & smell.
The market used to be the first organised supermarket in whole of Asia, with all kinds of shops selling from shoes, dress, vegetables, florist, jewellery, Bakery, Grocery & livestock products. It still remains till date as it was before but looks very dirty , smelly & hot. There is no airconditioning except the shops. One part of New Market was devastated by fire in 1985 then it was rebuilt but this side lacks that old charm.
Since, this is a Heritage place, it should be rebuilt with frontage remaining the same. A little more cleaning of the place will make the place worth spending time.
Now this place also has Simpark an under ground airconditioned parking system, you can leave your car for Rs.30/- an hour.
What to buy: Almost anything! Try it here what you dont' get is fancy shopping malls or at the next door Grocer ! Be it the chocked drain pipe cleaner or that best quality Lamb Chops cut or your favourite Beef Spare Ribs ! Just give it a try.
South City Shopping Mall.: International Standard Shopping in Kolkata
As I have mentioned in my several tips the City Of Kolkata is changing very fast with very positive attitude! The positive attitude includes people behaviour also. With the changing scenario the latest addition is South Ciy Shopping Mall. You get everything you desire. Built in the pattern of American shopping malls, it is the largest shopping mall in India and built inside the city. The shops are right from grocery ( Spencers) to Swaroski crystals. There is even a Dollar shop,where you can buy American goods at a bargain price! It also has 6 cinema halls,10 restaurants, fast food counters, many escalators, a parking space to house 1300 cars! The speciality restaurant Mainland China has also opened their second restaurant there. The whole place is air conditioned.
The South City will have 1700 apartments in 4, 35 floored buildings and expected to open very soon ( the apartments)
This place is surely going to change or standard of living. This place is with in one kilometer from our residence. We took our American VT guest from Long Beach, California, Sonia and her father Prof. M.K.Das to visit this place last Sunday 3rd Feb. We also dined at the latest Mainland China!
South City Mall: Shopping Experience Redefined.....
I have visited many malls in many cities in the country. Things seem to be the same everywhere - small chic stores, an eatery or two, etc. etc.
One fine morning, I received an invitation to the inauguration function of South City Mall as one of the delegates. They claimed that this mall is the largest among the ones India has seen so far. I did not give any importance to all these however. But, I managed to make some time for the function in my schedule and reached there at around 11 o' clock in the morning.
I was greeted at the entrance - Oh! The entrance is so big! I thought to myself. As I stepped inside, I was awed by the dimensions, the cleanliness, the number of stores, supermarkets, and Oh! The car parking area is capable of housing 1500 cars at a time!!!
There are varieties of foreign and Indian brands, two huge supermarkets, and guess what? One of them is Dollar Store, the favourite American chain!
I cannot tell you what is available in South City, as the list would be endless! I cannot even say what isn't available, as everything a human being can think of is there! And, guess what? The food court has sitting arrangement for around 2000 people!
A visit to this mall shall change one's shopping experience in India. For me it was the beginning of a new era in shopping.....especially in India.
What to buy: I cannot think of anything that is not available in South City Mall, and if I begin to tell all that is available in the mall, the list would be endless!
Shop, eat, drink and do all that you can till you drop!
What to pay: Depends on what you want to buy and how much you can spend. Expenses mat range between INR 5000 to INR 50000 (USD 120 to USD 1500).
- Food and Dining
- Luxury Travel
Street Hawkers Market: Anything and everything
Located along Chowringhee Road beside the Indian Museum, this market sells pratically everything from leather belts to sunglasses and from old books to shoes. It's a great area to browse through but if you're not interested it may be a problem to struggle through.
Emami Landmark: Buy anything you wish, but in style!
Do you like to shop in very sophisticated stores? Then Emami Landmark is the right choice for you.
It is a huge shopping complex with chic stylish stores and shops. Here you can get anything from dazzling jewelleries and cosmetics to the western and Indian clothes in vogue. You can also get different electronic goods - small and big. Choose from a wide range of fashionwear, casualwear, formalwear for men, women and children. You can also check out the latest designs in the jewellery stores. The complex also has a nice beauty parlour.
But the best part of this mall is it's huge book store with a large collection of different kinds of books.
It is a very modern complex with close-circuit cameras at specific places, lifts, elevators and special attractions for the children to keep their agile minds occupied during shopping.
Top it all up with a fine dining at the wonderful Food Park at the roof of the complex.
What to buy: You can buy anything like different kinds of clothes, kidswear, Jewelleries, leather goods, electronics, artefacts and lots of others.
All the stores in the complex are high in terms of their quality and you can rest assured about the goods that you are buying.
What to pay: This depends on your choice and your budget. However, expenses may range between INR 2000 to INR 40,000 (USD 50 to USD 1000).
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Westside & Pantaloons complex: One of the best shopping experiences ever!
You need to see it to believe it! The Westside & Pantaloons complex in Camac Street is one of the best shopping malls in Kolkata and one amongst the largest in India. If you want to have a complete shopping experience under one roof, then this is the right place for you. Believe me, once you visit Westside you won't come out from the store empty handed. There is something for everyone here.
And if you are visiting Pantaloons, first you would find it difficult to choose just one thing for yourself and for your family or friend. This retail outlet of Pantaloons is one of the largest in India and you are sure to have a mind-boggling shopping experience. Not only clothes of all types for all types of people, you can also find a supermarket here, selling all types of foods, drinks, cosmetics and many more. The ground floor of Pantaloons sells only womenswear, jewelleries including diamonds, leather goods and accessories for men and women as well as varieties of perfumes. The first floor sells kidswear and toys, while the second floor sells menswear and fashionwear exclusively for men, sportswear, shoes, cosmetics, jewelleries. The third floor sells varieties of foods and drinks.
Other than these, you can also buy music albums from Planet M, accessories from Nik-Nish. You can top your shopping experience by having an Italian pizza or pasta at Pizza Hut or just by relaxing and having some smoothie or classic freshly ground coffee at Cafe Coffee Day in the same complex. And if you are coming by your private vehicle to this complex, then don't worry, there is ample parking space here!
What to buy: Anything you wish - clothes, music albums, watches, cosmetics, shoes, jewelleries, foods, drinks and many more. I visit this complex very frequently to go to Pantaloons for buying varieties of clothes and accessories. I prefer Westside for jeanswear.
I can tell you just one thing - Create your own style statement with the help of 22 Camac Street.
What to pay: You expenditure here depends on what you want to buy. Your expenses may range between INR 2000 to INR 50,000 (USD 50 to USD 1000).
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The Forum Mall & Shopper's Stop: Clothes and accessories at Elgin Road
Want a store which has everything from menswear to children's clothes to women's clothes? The Forum Mall in Elgin Road is the right place for you. It is a very nice complex with a wide range of clothes - from denims to formalwear for both men and women. Whether it is low-rise jeans or comfort fits - virtually everything is available here.
It is really going to be a pleasant shopping experience for you!
You can find not only clothes, but a wide range of cosmetics from International brands, as well as accessories that are exclusive and can be found only at Forum. Be it cell phones or i pods or even a simple thing like a cutlery, all can be found at forum. And yes! After a mind-boggling shopping experience, don't forget to recharge yourself with the exclusive cuisines at Oh! Calcutta, the signature restaurant at Forum!
What to buy: You can buy any kind of denim, formalwear, kidswear for both girls and boys as well as men and women. Clothes,
accessories, gifts, electronics, cosmetics, shoes and footwear - you name it and you get it at Forum!
What to pay: Your expenses depend entirely on how much you intend to buy. However, expenses may range between INR 2000 to INR 20000(USD 40 to USD 450).
- Family Travel
- Luxury Travel
Music World: VCDs and DVDs
What to buy: (date bought the vcd's : Sept. 30, 2006)
1. Krrish - (Hritnik Roshan) - Rs 169
2. Taal - (Aishiwarya Rai) - 149
3. Hum Dil De Chu - 149
4. Fanaa - (Amir Khan) - 160
5. Mission Kashmir - (Hritnik Roshan) - 99
6. Mistress of SP - (Aishiwarya Rai) - 145
7. Jism - (John Abraham) - 110
8. Karam - 69
9. Aksar - 160
10. Devdas - (Aishiwarya Rai/Sharouk Khan) - 199
total - Rs 1,409
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