True to their name, Thane-based Desi Toys sells traditional Indian toys, and we’re almost teary-eyed with nostalgia. If you’re thinking of adding some ethnic kitsch to your home, and bringing back some childhood memories while you’re at it, or are looking to gift something to your favourite niece or nephew, the stock at Desi Toys will brighten up your day.
They have a range of mind-boggling games — remember Brainvita, the game with marbles on a circular board? They also have Indian versions of the Rubik’s Cube and Tic Tac Toe. Plus, chalk slate boards for kids, abacus, wooden rattles, fun chess boards, cute miniature kitchen sets made of brass, and wooden toys on wheels that include auto rickshaws, trucks, and even trains.
But what we really fell in love with was the Hopscotch made out of canvas cloth that one can easily fold and store, the Indian Jenga made out of wood and the good old Snakes and Ladders (but this one comes embroidered on cloth!). And remember the (in)famous doll from Delhi Belly? The one that had all those diamonds in it that everyone wanted? They have them all.
Basically all the desi khilaunas you can think of, and they’re all sure to evoke a nostalgic feeling, somewhere deep within. We’re up for a game or two if you are.
Price: INR 149 – INR 5,999