Saturday, June 27, 2009

The market that was

Well now that I am back in Delhi, suddenly there is so much work that needs to be done that I am unable to find time to write. I have my Visa Interview on 8th July and the prep is a big pain. If I list the documents that I need to carry to the American Consulate, it goes on to three pages... And they have their own specification of photographs etc. too. Pain!!

Shopping generally comes after you get your Visa and in my case I should seriously wait and not throw away all my money into new clothes and tit-bits till VI. I am not really sure of finances and it will only be prudent to wait. But you see all reasoning fails when you have money in your account and that too of own earning. So, two days back I dragged my mom to Lajpat Nagar. Its my favorite place to shop(and feast on lip-smacking chats!). Last time I came to this market was six months back, probably before I left for Bangalore, and it turned out to be really long time! And this time I was greeted by a crowd consisting mainly of small shop owners who put there stuff out on the roads and offer some really good value for money, and bargains. You see, Delhi government has set its goal to clean up the markets by removing these roadside shops. and police officers were busy implementing the orders in Lajpat Nagar. A good step to ensure citizen safety!

The market looks barren and unattractive for a shopper like me. All the roadside stalls have been removed. I know the drive to clean the market place is to make the shopping experience more orderly, easy and less chaotic, but I am a true blue lover of this 'chaos' in Delhi markets... Without these roadside shops, it just doesnt feel the same, it has become a desert and quite truly it lacks a lot of bargains, which I guess girls will appreciate more than boys ;)


Punky said...

wont those guys be back in like 3 hours???

KK said...

umm.. i think nalini forgot about me altogether.. i love shopping and bargaining.. and i AM a guy (yes, i am confident)..

btw long time na! :|

Nalini Kumar said...

I don't think its possible this time. Police took their carts away and made them pay a big fine before giving it back... also, they want to clean it ahead of the commonwealth games... so!!

@KK: you are a minority! Thats why i didnot mention you :P

KK said...

nono, u forgot me only :'|

Full Of Life said...

They REMOVED the chat stalls from Lajpat Nagar ? :O :( :(
Damn, that n Sarojini Nagar were the complete Dilli-shopping experience.
Sad man, tis a part of the package. Sigh.

Nalini Kumar said...

I am happy to report that my beloved market is back to its old glory- all the carts and evrything, including the lip smacking chat stalls are back :)