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Spice and all things nice at winter fair

Fun, food and games were the buzzwords as the 22nd annual Sharad Mela organised by Marwari Mahila Manch got underway at the United Club in Jamshedpur on Monday.

Hundreds thronged the fair — a must-visit do for Jamshedpur residents every winter — to taste the varied cuisine on offer and also allow the children a free run at the games stalls.

Rajasthani delicacies like dal bati churma and moong dal ki pakodi were enough to spice up the winter, and for those with a sweet tooth, there were imarti and halwa. Considering the fact that a large part of the crowd was fast-food loving youngsters, there was chow mein, pizza, burgers and pav bhaji.

“The Sharad Mela has stepped into its 22nd year and we are taking this opportunity to make our younger generation and other communities aware of the rich Rajasthani culture. It is also an occasion to wish everybody a merry Christmas and happy new year. The proceedings from the fair will be donated to thalassaemia patients through Anurag Foundation,” said Prabha Padia, secretary of Marwari Mahila Manch, Jamshedpur.

Attending the fair was state president of Marwari Mahila Manch, Jharkhand, Rupa Agarwal and national president Lata Agarwal.

Of the 25 stalls in the fair, 20 were dedicated to food. Those on the lookout for some serious gaming had toy car racing, housie, Kuber ka Khazana and Khul ja Sim Sim to contend with.

In attendance was a Santa Claus to ring in the spirit of Christmas, which is exactly a week away.

There were prizes for the best stall decoration and surprise gifts for participants and visitors. “This is one of the many occasions that the Manch organises. We come and enjoy every year as we know that this fun will help in some kind of social work,” said visitor Rashmi Garg.

Marwari Mahila Manch, Jamshedpur comprises 160 members who contribute to social work in and around the city.