India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - by Re­wati Rau

An un­usual con­cept in Am­rit­sar, Pleas­antino was started last year by Jaswinder Singh and his son Dan­ish. The fa­ther- son duo be­gan by sell­ing games carved on wood ( chess, backgam­mon, and crib­bage) in USA. De­mand for an off- beat carv­ing for a game gave them the idea of util­is­ing their skills in a dif­fer­ent way. " We im­ported ma­chines from USA to cre­ate a spe­cial carv­ing for that client and that's when we thought of mak­ing god and god­dess fig­urines," says Singh. A carv­ing of the Golden Tem­ple was their first ef­fort. It soon re­sulted in a store in Am­rit­sar's Al­pha One mall. Carv­ings are done on a va­ri­ety of wood such as maple, rose­wood, blood­wood, and ma­hogany. Deities of ev­ery faith find space on the shelves along with chess­boards, key­chains, wooden boxes, wall hang­ings, and side tables. WHERE Al­phaone Mall, S. C. O 43, DSC, BBlock, Ran­jit Av­enue, Am­rit­sar

COST Rs 75 ( key­chain); Rs 15,000 ( Guru Nanak carv­ing) TEL 09915588416

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