What you see - As curious shoppers throng at the latest addition to the shopping mall scene in Vizag called Kalanjali, we stand a while and admire its towering glass façade showcasing mannequins and tall white lanterns that sparkle with the glow of newness, against a bright orange backdrop. We step gingerly through the narrow electronic metal buzzer and see sparkle, wild color and glamour in the range of children’s clothes displayed at the lobby level – we’ve arrived at a large and happening birthday bash in town, it seems.
What you get – Kalanjali comes from the Eenadu Newspaper Group (also known for the Ramoji Film City) and gives you four floors of shopping madness in Vizag - clothes and more clothes for kids, Dads and Moms (of course Moms get two floors coz they are extra special!). The lobby level floor is completely taken up with dressy wear for children. The girls’ counters on the left are festive, traditional (Mangalgiri fabric ghaghra cholis starting from Rs. 1,300 and going up to Rs. 7,000) and even trendy (frilly frocks from Rs. 800 onwards and regular, everyday wear from Rs. 380 onwards). The boys’ section on the opposite side has a range of sherwanis (Rs. 1,395 onwards), denims (Rs. 849 onwards), shirts (Rs. 559 onwards), T-shirts (Rs. 410 onwards) and some blazers (Rs. 2,300 onwards).
The first floor of Kalanjali has men’s wear - from formals and semi-formals to casuals and traditional. There are cotton shirts in Indian brands like Blaze (Rs. 795 upwards), trousers from Park Avenue and Blackberry (Rs. 600 upwards) and T-shirts from Pepe, Lee, Puma and Monte Carlo (between Rs. 595 and Rs. 895). The sherwani counters depict a wedding attire ensemble – there’s a wide range in rich embroidered creams and bright reds (starting from Rs. 8,000 and going up to Rs. 16,000), complete with beaded and embroidered jootis (Rs. 650) and dupattas for Rs. 850. We also catch a glimpse of a few waistcoats in a corner rack, priced at Rs. 695.
We clamber up to the next floor that’s got Indian and western wear readymade clothes for women – the ‘happening’ angrakhas head the list here, and these can set you back by Rs. 3,995! Some regular salwar sets (Rs. 1,000), kurtis (Rs. 405) and some nightwear (Juliet brand) and lingerie (Lovable brand) complete the collection. The topmost, and the last (whew!), floor of Kalanjali has sarees. The synthetic, net and fancy (heavily embroidered here) range starts from Rs. 250 and goes as high as Rs. 10, 000. The traditional (Gadwals, Kanjeevarams, Pochampallis etc.) are in the range of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 50,000!
Our verdict - Kalanjali formally joins the list of shopping destinations for family clothes – but mainly the dressy and ethnic variety. The mall is filled to the brim with staff, so a friendly salesperson is always at hand to help you. The ethnic wear for children is really good and may have large takers. This may just see you sighting another child wearing the same ethnic outfit as your kid’s (exclusivity is, after all, alien to shopping malls) in this fairly small city. Parking space is limited.
Anytime between – 9.30 AM to 9 PM