Good news: It’s that time of the year again! The maddening beats, the feverish melodies and the swish of bright colored skirts is just around the corner. Get the shine back on your dandiya sticks and polish up those moves but more importantly, you need the perfect chaniya choli to dazzle the dance floor. This Navratri, dress to stun so that when you ask the ultimate question ‘Tame mari sathe dandiya ramava karava mango cho?’, that cute guy you’ve had your eyes on shouldn’t be in a position to say no. Here’s where you will get it just right:
1.Bhuleshwar – Need we say more? These magicians know their way around those mirrors, shells and stones like terrorists know theirs around ammunition. Plus you can get some really pretty accessories to go with your dress. While speaking of Navratri, Alice, this is your wonderland!
2.Dadar – The market of shops outside the station at the west would be leave you spoiled for choice. The colors and sparkle added lovingly to each ghagra will have you grabbing some for next year too. Your closet will curse you but you will be the belle of the ball, or in this case the dandiya or garba function.
3.Sion – When in doubt, go to the Mahatma Gandhi market at Sion. Here you get everything from sarees and dress materials to the much sought ghagra cholis in the most loved and rarest of shades at reasonable rates. Look no further girls, the MG market at Sion has all your answers.
4.Malad – The age-old Natraj market here is a veteran in what you’re looking for. They’re built to craft and design the perfect outfits for you to look simply gorgeous. The colors and bandhani work will have you gladly loosening your purse strings. And when you’re twirling to Falguni Pathak’s tunes, you’ll do so beaming at yourself.
5.Vile Parle – Vile Parle East has the famous Mangalam market. Dandiya divas, meet your fairy godmother! The best part about it? The outfits they conjure up for you won’t even turn to rags at the stroke of midnight. Here, you can see some new trends in the traditional chaniya cholis as well.
The ‘Navratri Special’ shop in Borivali and a few shops in Kandivali would probably leave you starry-eyed too. However, if you don’t want to buy what you won’t wear another time, there’s always the much-loved ‘Popin Designer’ in Ghatkopar west which lets you rent your dream night. So this Navratri, make sure that when you swish, all eyes are on you.