Almost all of us have possessed a Channapatna toy as kids. Even Vineet Verma did, when he was a young boy in Kolkata. (He had a Channapatna rocking horse). So now when he wanted to give a personalised touch to the newly launched Grand Mercure hotel in Mysuru, Vineet, who is Executive Director, Brigade Hospitality, and a prominent face on the Bengaluru hospitality circuit, personally went shopping for toys, dolls and artefacts in Channapatna. He visited a craftsman’s house in Channapatna, saw how the artefacts were crafted, interacted with the people there and personally picked pieces he felt would make a perfect fit in the hotel, while reflecting the rich heritage of Karnataka.