Weekend shoppers throng CII Chandigarh Fair 2017

Rajesh Ahuja


Shoppers from the Tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula and surrounding areas made the most of the attractive discounts as they thronged CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 at the Parade Grounds in Sector 17 on the second day.

People thronged the venue with families to shop for Diwali festivities. Also, some innovative product ideas attracted large crowds, CII officials said.

Earthy appeal of organic, Ahimsa silk from Jharkhand attracts many 

True to modern sensibilities to wear clothes produced without any harm to an organism, the stalls put up by the Department of Handloom, Government of Jharkhand, attracted lovers of pure handloom silk wear. Aptly named ‘Ahimsa silk’, the silk is produced without killing the silk moth. “Buying beautiful Tussar silk sarees made without killing the silk moth makes for guilt-free silk shopping. We want to use products produced keeping in mind our responsibility towards all living organisms and Ahimsa silk fits the bill,” said Neha, a resident of Chandigarh.

Sarees, suits and cloth made of Ahimsa silk made for a hot sell. Organic is not only catching up on food items but also when it comes to buying silk.Women made a beeline to the stalls to buy organic silk which is produced without the use of chemicals from cocoon to the pre-loom stage. Lakhs of families in Jharkhand are engaged in producing this precious silk. Jharkhand is the only state with the certification for the production of organic Tussar.

“The earthy appeal of Tussar silk sarees fits our corporate aesthetics making it our favourite cloth to make a style statement,” remarked a banker who had come with his family.

Shop Cashless! Now online payments just a ‘thumb impression’ away

 What if we did not have to carry any documents not even a debit or credit card to make an online payment? The Union Bank of India has made it possible with a unique app launched at the Fair. This AADHAAR-enabled payment system works on the biometric system. Yes, all you have to do is give a thumb impression and payment up to Rs 2,000 will be made through your AADHAAR-linked bank account without submitting any documents.  

“Since the app is based on biometrics, it is safer than other options as well. I find making a thumb impression to pay is easier than other options. No one can copy our thumb impression making it a secure option. ,” said Rakesh Sharma, a user of the app. “The option is bound to catch up as it makes payments simpler in the time – constrained existence of modern day lifestyles,” added Sudha Sharma, a visitor.

Also, a mobile ATM machine has been facilitated by CII for the convenience of shoppers.

CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 solicits Hotels & Restaurants to adopt climate control techniques 

 Modern-day house owners who want to live in environment-friendly houses found an answer in Monier Roofing Tiles at the fair. A house so constructed that it cuts on the heating of the building thereby bringing down the cost of air conditioning is a dream for modern house owners. Moreover, the concept is very well accepted in Hotels and other Commercial Enterprises.

The tiles made of clay and concrete are available at the fair and have evoked interest among visitors. “We normally associate slanting tiles with houses in the Eastern and Southern parts of India where it rains as well as the hill areas where it rains a lot. The trend is now changing from a flat roof to slanted roofs even in the plains of North as it cuts down on the heat absorption a lot. Not only are these tiles aesthetic to look at but also environment-friendly,” said Saurabh, a representative of the company.

“The clay cuts on the heat and there is no algae formation and is not slippery because of the paint used on these. The tiles made of clay and cement are also long lasting,” he added.

 “We want to go for slanting roof tiles for the ethnic feel in the aesthetics of the house and the environment-friendly quality of the tiles,” said  Hema Singh, a visitor.

Forest department Chandigarh, Ministry of AYUSH inspire visitors to herbal

In a unique initiative, the Department of Forests, Chandigarh, has brought rare herbal plants for the visitors at the CII Chandigarh Fair 2017. Rising awareness towards the benefits of herbal plants saw many make a beeline for the stall put up by the Ministry of AYUSH and Forest Department Chandigarh. The rare plants made available for free had people of all age groups vying for them.

Lemongrass, Giloe, Stevia, aloe vera, Brahmi, Neem, Jamun, Kush, Vacha, Aparajita, Amla, Arjun, Ajwain, Kalmegh and so on have been made available. “People can register with us for the plants they want and collect them from our nursery later. It is a Ministry of AYUSH initiative to promote healing through rare herbs and the response has been very positive as people have great faith in the ancient herbs.

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Rajesh Ahuja

I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).