For the past few days, one picture has been doing the rounds on social media — a pretty pink box with macaroons and a Flamingo ring dish.
For the past few days, one picture has been doing the rounds on social media — a pretty pink box with macaroons and a Flamingo ring dish. This was a carefully curated gift hamper that Jayam Ravi’s wife Aarti put together and sent to her near and dear.
Little might she have expected that it would become the talk of the town but the gesture and gift touched the hearts of so many that it featured on many socialites and celebrities’ Instagram feeds and stories.
Sidney Sladen, who was one of the receivers, said, “I usually get sweets or dry fruits for Deepavali but this time, I was surprised. Aarti’s gift hamper was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. In fact, my house help, mother and relatives began fighting over who’s going to get the box!”
Priya Manikandan, a fashion show choreographer, who also received the box, thought it was a really “classy” gift from her dear friend. Speaking of unusual gifts, model coordinator Thaara Umesh’s name also came up a few times for the unusual sweets she sends her clients and friends. When we spoke to her, she said, “These days, many people are health-conscious or just bored of rasagullas and jalebis. Since I’m from Karnataka, I try to find sweets that are native to my hometown and send them to people on Deepavali.”
Gond ke laddu as it is known in Hindi or antina unde (sticky ball) is made from dry fruits or whole wheat and edible gum with jaggery acting as a sweetener. She has sent boxes of them to some, while a few others got exotic wafers and so on. It seems like Chennaiites are indeed thinking out of the box to exchange unique gifts with their loved ones.