As book lovers we often find ourselves splurging on fandom merchandise and it is pretty okay. After all, when a movie buff can spend on movie why can’t a book lover do the same?
The problem in India, however, is the lack of good local stores selling such merchandise. There are some book boxes that do the same but most of their products merchandise to Harry Potter, Game of Thrones or LOTR.
Fortunately, to fill this great dearth of desi literature-inspired products we have Artykite. Artykite is a literary merchandise store where one can find many such merchandises at pretty reasonable rates.
From Jhola bags to notebooks and diaries, from coffee mugs to greeting cards, from lamps to framed posters, they have got it all covered.
Exclusively based on Indian literature, their current products are inspired by the works of notable Indian authors like Mirza Ghalib, Allama Iqbal, Amrita Shergill, Sahir Ludhianavi, Gulzar, Kabir, Munshi Premchand, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Sarojini Naidu, Ismat Chugtai and Rabindra Nath Tagore.
I recently got my hands on a few of their products and I must say that I was pretty impressed! I pour my thoughts below about these.
The lamp is pretty awesome. It is lightweight and the overall quality is good. I loved how artistically it is created. It has the below mentioned Doha of Kabir Das printed on it. My first impression of the lamp was pretty good and now that I have been using it for quite some time, I find that it is durable as well. My favourite part is definitely the beautiful art which looks great in dim lighting and is a perfect mood lifter for lazy sun-soaked evenings.
चलती चक्की देख कर, दिया कबीरा रोये |
दो पाटन के बीच में, साबुत बचा ना कोए ||
The posters that I got have quotes by Allama Iqbal and Kabir. The quality of the paper is really good. One of the posters has a glossy finish while the other one has a matte one. The posters have no art but just quotes on them. The font style and the overall look and appeal is quite artsy, though. I love how they immediately turned my ordinary room into a bookish heaven. The subtle nerdy edginess that they created in my library cum reading room was exactly what I was looking for.
I also got an all-purpose greeting card with a beautiful abstract art and an equally beautiful quote by Rumi. This is probably one of the best card options available to gift to a book lover. The quality of the picture, art and the paper are great and the slight glossiness of the paper creates an eye appealing effect.
If a product wants to make you buy other such products or recommend it to others, I think it has done its job. Hence, going by the same logic, I will recommend products to my readers.
When you are a desi book lover, it doesn’t do well to not have some desi bookish in your realm. After all, we are what we buy.
Note – The above is an honest review in exchange for a few products provided by the website. The views expressed are strictly my own and honest.