Sarojini Nagar Market is the all-weather all-season market that caters to the needs of the entire South Delhi. If there is one market that can satisfy Delhiwala’s appetite for shopping, it is this market.
Sometimes I have a feeling that people come here with the sole intention of testing out their negotiation and bargaining skills. I used to hate bargaining and would simply feel quite magnanimous in handing over the price the vendors asked for. But some of my visits with my husband, a hardcore bargainer have made me realize that the vendors kind of look down upon people who do not negotiate because as the norm goes, they hike up the price by atleast twice or thrice the original price so that they would still be left with some margin when the deal is finally done.
However, there are fixed price outlets and wares where you can select garments in the same range starting from Rs. 100, 150, 200, 250, etc..
I have been visiting this market from the time I got married about 20 years ago and came to settle down in the south side of Delhi. From then onwards, if I have anything to buy from children's clothes to shoes, bags, undergarments, hosiery items, bed sheets, covers or even curtains, etc., I head to this haven. There are even shops for buying vegetables, grocery items, household items and kitchen utensils in case you need such items.
Babu Market is another complex that lies in the same vicinity and has approximately 4 rows of shops that again caters to mostly garments with some jewellery shops and accessories and all women’s stores thrown in.
All said and done, this market offers decent products at affordable rates. You can find things you would not find anywhere else - children's fancy dresses for their school competition, from paalak to a fairy, these shops can change their personality. They can even loan you these dresses for a day or two! What else would you need.
A word of caution though - On Sundays, only those who have some really good patience, focus and crowd management skills should attempt to attack this market. On Saturdays and Sundays, this market can be so crowded that you just need to stand at one place, the crowd will pull you to all directions.
Recently there has been an addition of a multi-storied parking plaza which has turned out to be semi-modern building in the vicinity with Haldiram’s and other food joints like McD and Subway catering to the hungry public!