Mumbai’s Secret Santa Revealed: Meet Darshan And Tulika, The Elves Working Hard Behind The Scenes

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Like last year, this year too, hundreds of people in Mumbai not only found their Secret Santas but also received gifts from them, thanks to the brand ambassadors of happiness at MumbaiSanta. Started in 2011 by Darshan and later joined by Tulika Mumbai Santa has been providing a Secret Santa to anyone registered with them, across Mumbai. I spoke to Darshan and Tulika and asked them all about their Twitter handle, what inspired it and how it all works.

Darshan, MumbaiSanta
Darshan, MumbaiSanta

The Elves Behind Mumbai Santa
Darshan conceived the idea of Mumbai Santa with the aim of playing Secret Santa without actually getting up from his couch or the computer. This lazy but hell of a thought prompted him to send out a few tweets and there he found Tulika who immediately volunteered to be a part of this fun activity. In their first year, they pulled off a participation of 183 people across Mumbai.

Tulika, MumbaiSanta
Tulika, MumbaiSanta

On being asked what they enjoy and dread about their Santaship, they were quick to reply that the only thing that upsets them  is when some Santas fail to deliver the gifts to the Santees. But nonetheless, it is the feeling of having done a good deed of connecting two people and sharing joy that keeps them going.

How MumbaiSanta Makes It All Happen
Darshan believes that it takes one thoughtful gift to start the chain reaction and the domino effect takes the idea through. The minimum value of any gift is stated as Rs. 500. However the duo inform me that many people tend to spend more than that out of the sheer joy of Christmas. All that Tweeple really need to do is register with Mumbai Santa to be a part of the gifting activity. Ironically, the Head Santa, that is Darshan, can’t participate but he usually keeps himself as the backup in case a Santee doesn’t receive a gift from their Santa. It’s Darshan, who plays the role of the Secret Santa for that Santee, making sure everyone is happy.

Santa’s Score
According to the duo, in the first year with 183 people, there was only 1 person who did not get their gift in Mumbai and in the second year, with increased participation, there were 3 in Mumbai who did not receive their gifts.

Santa’s Secret Wishlist
Currently, apart from Mumbai, they have a ChennaiSanta, a BengaluruSanta and a DelhiSanta. This year, they’ve also joined up with the UAESecretSanta. Apart from that they also hope to get more shopping partners on board and help promote start ups.

Here are some pictures of the kind of gifts the santees receievd this year! So make sure you are on the list next time!

Featured Image courtesy moneysupermarket.com

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Aspiring writer and student. I bite off more than I can chew, literally. Also, a sporadic dancer. Willing to beg, borrow and steal for chocolates.

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Shikha Chawla
Aspiring writer and student. I bite off more than I can chew, literally. Also, a sporadic dancer. Willing to beg, borrow and steal for chocolates.