WB polls: Kolkata sweet shop comes out with political 'Sandesh'
Ahead of the Assembly polls, the elections fever swinging in high altitude in West Bengal.
An iconic sweet shop in Kolkata has launched 'sandesh' sweets etched with logos and slogans of various political parties.
Kolkata's iconic sweet shop Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick has etched political slogans and party symbols on 'Sandesh', a Bengali sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other ingredients.
The slogans "Khela Hobe" (The game is on) and "Jai Shree Ram" are most commonly visible, with the shop seeing a minimum of 150 orders each day since February 27.
The 'Sandesh'-weighing 250 grams-that with political symbol and images of leaders costs Rs 170 per piece, while that of smaller size with slogans carved on it costs Rs 70.
While speaking to ANI, the shop owner, Sudip Mullick said, "We always make these thematic sweets based on current trends, even during cricket or football World Cups.
The election is the biggest festival of democracy and we wanted to highlight this." "We make new items as per season.
Customers are liking the election-themed 'Sandesh' and buying as per preference," he added.
A customer named Molly added, "The shop is known for such variety and this is going to attract a lot of eyeballs.
I am sure that like me, several people will come to buy these sweets." Carvings of occasions such as "Bhaiphota" (Bhaiduj) on sweets have been a tradition in Bengal.
However, with changing times and to keep up the competition, innovative ideas are being helmed out on sweets.
The Assembly elections will be held in eight phases in the state starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29.
The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 02.