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A gold Tata Nano, a shirt made of solid gold and gold slippers: 10 strange things made of gold that show how much Indians love Dhanteras and the yellow metal

Indians and their love for gold is well established. Would you buy some of these gold items on Dhanteras?

Updated:October 21, 2014, 12:37 PM IST
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A gold Tata Nano, a shirt made of solid gold and gold slippers: 10 strange things made of gold that show how much Indians love Dhanteras and the yellow metal
Indians and their love for gold is well established. Would you buy some of these gold items on Dhanteras?

Dhanteras kicks off the Diwali festive season in India. This is one day when every Indian spends exorbitantly buying gold and other expensive metals as they bring prosperity and good luck on this auspicious day.

Indians and their love for gold is well established. All our jewelleries for as long as we can remember have been made of gold. It forms a large part of the bridal trousseau. Let's face it. Indians track gold prices like a hawk and when they go down, they make a mad dash to the local jewellers to get a good deal. But these photos show the real extent to which Indians are obsessed with the yellow metal. If you do not own a Tata Nano made of gold, you're probably not doing it right.

These 10 things show how much Indians love their gold.

A general view inside the Emporio mall in New Delhi. With gold-plated ceilings, exotic fountains and the clink of champagne glasses, the Emporio Mall is the perfect place to spend a hot afternoon browsing through designer boutiques. Picture courtesy: Reuters

A shopkeeper arranges jewellery on a mannequin during the 2nd Gold Jewellery India International exhibition in Chennai, February 17, 2006. Picture courtesy: Reuters

A worker displays a miniature 22 carat gold replica of the historic Taj Mahal at the India international jewellery exhibition in Chennai, February 15, 2008. Picture courtesy: Reuters

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan holds Motorola’s Motorazr V3i handset with its new gold and silver look, designed by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Picture courtesy: Reuters

Corporator Pankaj Parakh wore a solid gold shirt on his 45th birthday, IANS reported and the Times of India published. With the shirt and its seven gold buttons, Parakh hopes to enter the Guinness World Records and the Limca Book of Records. The shirt was designed by Bafna Jewellers of Nashik, 85 km away, and meticulously executed by Shanti Jewellers at Parel in Mumbai, where a team of around 20 select artisans spent 3,200 hours over the past two months to ‘stitch’ it. He said that the gold used in the shirt is of 18-22 carat purity. Though made of gold, the shirt is flexible and comfortable, absolutely smooth and harmless and with a thin cloth lining the inside to avoid rubbing the body. Picture courtesy: TOI via IANS

A chocolate dessert named ‘The Dome’ which is partially covered with gold foil is pictured at the Varq restaurant inside the Taj Hotel in New Delhi. Picture courtesy: Reuters

A woman looks at a Rolls Royce RRR65 car model made from pure gold weighing 1.5 kg, displayed at the ‘Gem and Jewellery India International Exhibition 2013′ in Chennai. Picture courtesy: Reuters

Chairman of Tata Group Ratan Tata poses in front of a Nano car made of gold during a ceremony in Mumbai September 19, 2011. About 80 kg of 22 karat gold, approximately 15 kg of silver and gemstones were used to decorate the car, according to a press statement. Picture courtesy: Reuters

A salesman displays gold plates in the form of the Indian rupee note at a jewellery showroom in Lucknow. Picture courtesy: Reuters

An employee displays a pair of gold footwear at the ‘Gem and Jewellery India International Exhibition 2010′ (GJIIE) in Chennai, January 23, 2010. Picture courtesy: Reuters

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