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Food, fun & shopping at women’s fest

A variety of items, including food, clothes and handicraft, would adorn the Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh’s five-day fair from Thursday.

Dishes like soya paneer kalakand, soya gulab jamun and others would entice visitors to Shri Ram Utsav Hall at East Boring Canal Road.

Mamta Kumari from Sitamarhi, who would set up a stall, hopes people like her preparations such as soya paneer, also known as tofu.

Mamta, who has set up her food processing unit in Danapur this year, said: “Soya paneer can also be eaten by diabetics. I always wanted to have an identity of my own. This is what I finally decided to do after completing several courses.”

The 41-year-old would also prepare paneer dahi, paneer lassi and paneer gulab jamun. She used soya seeds soaked in water for four hours to prepare the paneer.

Pushpa Chopra, the president of the organisation, said: “This is our 40th fair. We organise two fairs every year — one around Holi and the other before the festive season (Dussehra). This time, there would be around 90 stalls of which seven would serve food items. The renowned Mainland China, too, would set up stalls. Homemade toffees, chocolates and litti-chokha would be available at other stalls.

Industries minister Bhim Singh would open the fair, while the chief guest would be food and consumer minister Shyam Rajak.

Apart from delicacies and handicraft from Bihar, items from other states too would be displayed. The secretary of Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh, Usha Jha, said: “Jharcraft, leggings, hand woven woollen garments and others would be displayed.” Bed sheets from UP made of zari would be exhibited.

Indu Agrawal, the vice-president of the association, said: “Free health check-ups would be conducted. Ruban Hospital has arranged for two dieticians to render tips. Bone density tests will be carried out.”