When my brother first spoke about this so called ‘santhe’, I envisioned a weekend market similar to a street market with a little ethnic handicrafts sold here and there. So, made a trip to the unassuming street near Metro Station looking for a busy weekend street affair. Little did I know that we would be transported into a different period in life for a few hours.
The ‘Santhe’ is an enclosed shopping area with craftsmen selling their products in stores that are situated in a rural South Indian setting from times long ago. The stores themselves look like individual houses in a row with vibrant colored doors and windows. My imagination took wings and I could envision young village girls sitting in the verandah making flower garlands while chatting with their friends, women doing household chores outside etc.etc.
Sadly, most of the stores were either vacant or locked and therefore, I could not make the best of my visit to this place. One of the craftsmen said that they didn’t make enough to cover the overheads and make a profit. Hope, the government makes an effort to promote local artisans and this place doesn’t shut down.