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Exhibition of Old Bangalore Photos, Vintage Maps and Antique Bird Prints

Ali Asker Photo

From Wed 1 to Sat 4 August, Arastan will be hosting a special exhibition of rare photographs of old Bangalore, vintage maps dating back to the eighteenth century, and antique bird lithographs and engravings.

The exhibition is open at the Arastan Studio on Nandi Durga Road from 10:30am to 6:30pm as normal. Please come and browse these and the rest of our collection of wares from our travels. There are always a few surprises in store that are not available on the www.arastan.com website!

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Never forget the e-sugam!

Moroccan Carpet

I knew this could happen so have been diligent about sending an e-sugam form to my vendors so there is no hassle when the goods enter Karnataka. I forgot to do this for my Uzbek ceramic consignment (yes the one I ordered in February finally arrived in December – at least it got here in the same year) being sent by the clearing agent in Delhi. My phone rang at 6:38am and I was told by a Sales Tax Officer that my goods had been ‘abandoned’ at the check post at the airport as the documents were incomplete. I needed to come with the invoice, e-sugam and pay a fine of 3 times the actual VAT. When I said that sounded absurd (I am not very articulate without my first cup of tea, but even in that state I thought 3 times was ‘extravagant’) he made it 1 times. I …

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