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Shop till you drop, at your own pace here

Staff Reporter

‘Retail Plus Shopping Utsav’ has 100 stalls to choose from

— Photo: M. Vedhan

Ample alternatives: Actress Sandhya making her choice at the Retail Plus Shopping Utsav 2008 in Chennai on Thursday.

CHENNAI: Instead of jostling trolleys in a narrow aisle, imagine a sprawling space where you can browse at leisure all that you need, while listening to some peppy numbers to boost your shopping quotient.

If you like this idea, head straight to the ‘Retail Plus Shopping Utsav 2008’ at Chennai Trade Centre, that got under way on Thursday.

While looking at the demonstration of a fuel-efficient induction burner, actor Sandhya, who inaugurated the event, described her shopping mantra, “I just pick whatever I like. I don’t spend a long time deciding what I want.”

But, this technique could be hard to follow when the choice is over 100 stalls showcasing everything from electronics to furniture.

Sample these

For a sample – handmade jewellery made of real flowers preserved in acrylic from Thailand, onyx carvings straight out of Karachi or cushy chairs that can sense your body-type to give you that perfect massage.

Even if you do not like shopping and are going to accompany someone who prefers to linger and feel the atmosphere before deciding on what to buy, fear not.

The completely air-conditioned space has a food stall, with chaat, sweets and fresh juices to prepare you for endless trips round the aisles.

“I come without fail every time there is a shopping fest,” said Arun Pavan, from Pallavaram, who was contemplating on some home accessories, accompanied by his family.

And with good reason. “There is just so much choice,” he said.

The exhibition, organised by Retail Plus, a marketing supplement of The Hindu, is open to public from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., and is on till September 8.

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