Bookmark — On the Mark –Published in Midday Newspaper

This library system has changed the definition of library. With not just books, but movies, games and toys, the Bookmark Library is attempting to cater to all.
The Aundh outlet of Bookmark is centrally located across from Chroma. The library is crowded with bookshelves displaying the books and magazines and books face up rather than by the side jacket cover. The one table to sit and browse is always busy with people reading.
The books in this outlet are mostly popular fiction with authors such Dan Brown, Sydney Sheldon and Georgette Heyer. All trendy books such as the “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari,” “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “White Tiger” are a few of the most popular checkouts at the library. The selection of young adult and children’s books is limited but there is a large selection of magazines appealing to women of all ages. There is a large Marathi selection, a mix of fiction and nonfiction. If there is a book or magazine that is not available, a request can be made to obtain it from one of the other Bookmark outlets.
The assortment of board games is in good condition and is an excellent way to keep children busy on a rainy day without breaking the bank. But this is just one of the many outlets. The library boasts of a collection of above 80 thousands books,10 thousands movies, more than a hundred magazines, 15 thousand games and loads of branded toys. Bookmark sets itself apart by way of rotation of these stocks among different outlets once or twice a month.
Bookmark is a chain of recreational libraries in Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Nasik, and Mumbai. In Pune there are outlets in Pimpale Saudagar, Aundh, Pimpri, Bavdhan, and Pashan with others in Kothrud, and Magarpatta to open soon. But no need to worry if there is no library outlet near to you, soon you can register online and get books and movies brought to your doorstep.
If connectivity is a problem then register at the library and telephone in your requests. The database is centralized so that books can be obtained from anywhere in the city. Home delivery by booking online is scheduled to begin by the end of this month.
Open from 8am to 10pm everyday of the week, the Bookmark Library timings are kept with the schedule of those working in mind. Check http://www.bookmarklibrary.co.in/ for more info on how the register.
Address: Shop No. 1, Chaitraban Society, Opp Chroma Stores, Aundh 411007. Telephone no: 65107963

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BANJARAS – A Caravan of Designs –Published in Midday Newspaper

With a wide range of ethnic fabrics as well as gift articles at reasonable prices, there is a find for everyone at Banjaras Shop in Aundh.
The shop is instantly inviting. Elegantly decorated with antique furniture, blocks used for block print designs hang from the ceiling and flowing dupattas line the walls. Lots of light highlight the displays on the wall and shoppers are able to visualize their creations as well. The shop has recently moved to a new and larger location in order for better display of their broad range of materials.
“For the past 17 years I have chosen fabrics from 10 different states” says owner, Neeta Deshpande. The fabric is then taken to another state which specializes in some type of fabric art form such as block printing(Gurjat) or hand embroidery(West Bengal). The materials are great for clothing such as salwar suits, kurtas, skirts, and saris, as make for eclectic curtains as well.
Dupattas are a specialty of Banjaras and the shop boasts over 80 types of special dupattas. The ethnic jewelry on display is the Maya-bazaar brand procured from Mumbai. Reasonably priced between Rs. 200 – 400 for a set, it makes the perfect complement to any kurti or salwar suit. Other gift articles made mostly with block prints include purses, pouches, wallets and folders. The store is frequented by ladies of all ages but is a favourite among professionals.
Price Range: Mangalgiris and block prints range from Rs. 90-100 per metre. Mulmuls are Rs. 160-180 per metre and silks range at Rs. Rs. 250 to Rs. 450.
Our Pick : The Maheshwari dupattas are gorgeous. Priced at Rs. 950 these cotton with a zari border pieces are stunning and can make a professional as well as dressy statement. An orange one was particularly nice. Mixed with a cream khadi material as the suit(Rs. 150 per metre), an entire dressy suit amounted to Rs. Rs. 450(material) +Rs.950(dupatta) = Rs.1400 + stitching. The shop has in house tailors whose charges begin at Rs. 250 for salwar suits.
Banjaras
1, Mangal Gaurav, Ground Floor Vee Nimbalkar Lane(Lane adj to Skoda Showroom Off Baner Road Pune 411007 Tel: 25661844
Timings: 10am-8pm, Monday –Saturday. Sunday closed.