Theme based Christmas cakes herald social messages in Siliguri

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Siliguri (West Bengal), Dec.23 (ANI): Prior to Christmas, unique theme based cakes have been prepared to spread awareness concerning a number of social causes in West Bengal's Siliguri District.

Cakes depicting pictures of man-animal conflict and an elephant being hit by a train on railway tracks has been the main attraction.

The theme-based cakes depicted innumerable mishaps of elephant herds being hit by trains passing through the Dooars region near Siliguri.

Confectioner Ranjit Paul said through this cake he has endeavoured to spread awareness amongst people on the need to protect the elephants.

"Since few months, we are seeing many accidents in the Dooars area due to the railways. So, we thought of making this thing in the form of a cake and make people conscious about the elephants, which is one of our heritage animals in India. And it is one of our endangered species in the country and it should be protected," said Ranjit Paul.

A five feet long cake has been prepared with butter, eggs, almonds, cream, cashew nuts etc.

Visitors from far off places reached the bakery shop to view the theme based cakes.

Michael Sherpa, a buyer from Darjeeling, said the cake comes as a special Christmas gift with a message for everyone.

"That (cake) was great designing. In this Christmas season, that was a gift for all of us to save elephants," said Sherpa.

Weighing around 10 pounds, it took over four days to prepare the cake that carries a price tag of rupees 1500.

Other theme cakes include cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's recent 50 Test centuries and the country's long standing demand for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. By Tarak Sarkar (ANI)

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