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India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - By Re­wati Rau

What started as a shop sell­ing only tees is now a space syn­ony­mous with ‘ Pun­jabi- ness’. Named af­ter the birth year of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, 1.4.6.9. is the brain­child of Harinder Singh. A whole range of hand­i­crafts- phulkari em­broi­dery, jutis, orig­i­nal paint­ings of the Golden Tem­ple, an­tique locks, gramo­phones, brass lassi glasses and kir­pans are avail­able here. But it is their T- shirts with catchy cap­tions— main gabru des pun­jab da, sadke jaa­van, vekhi ja pher

cheri na, proud by birth- Sikh by choice— which have made them fa­mous. Sell­ing T- shirts was not some­thing new for Singh as he is also be­hind the la­bel Uni Style Im­age. With out­lets spread across Delhi, Chandi­garh and Am­rit­sar, Singh says that the one in Chandi­garh at­tracts the most cus­tomers. They also stock pot­tery from Auroville in Pondicherry, sil­ver jew­ellery from Jaipur and eth­nic em­broi­dered bags from Gu­jarat. But they try to bring Pun­jab into even these items in a cre­ative way. For in­stance, the tea set from Auroville, has " cha" writ­ten on it in Gur­mukhi.

WHERE Shop No 81. Sec­tor 17D, Chandi­garh COST Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 ( T- shirts); Rs 500 ( Pankhi); TEL 01724677333

ANILDAYAL

USP The store stocks arte­facts, ap­parel and ac­ces­sories that cel­e­brate the essence of the Pun­jabi cul­ture

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