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Bits from my life. When I went to Varanasi fir a photoshoot. 

10 Places for Shoe-String Budget Shopping in Delhi


Delhi is the Capital of India and it truly is a mixed pot of cultures and religions. Talk about variety of food, clothes, shoes, jewellery…. majorly all of it can easily be availed  in Delhi.

Today, we will talk about shopping, yes yes I know exciting!! We will only cover the places where brands don’t mean a thing and you are only concerned with bringing some change to your wardrobe and not spend a huge amount. So, let’s get it started….


Janpath Market is one famous flea market in Delhi.  This market is a mix of fixed small shops and local stalls.  Other than the fixed small shops and local stalls, there are also local handicraft artisans sitting between the lanes of fixed shops.  Their products are mostly traditional but worth souvenirs to be stored in your backpack in case you want to keep a piece of the ‘trendy Delhi’ with you. The market has all exquisite stuff that you would want to lay your hands on. From hippy attire to handicrafts, from paintings to cheap jewelry, you name it & you have it. You can find small trinkets and gifts for your relatives and friends here. Some shops have antiques, Aztec prints, trendy jackets, shawls, etc. Overall, Janpath is a shopper’s paradise and very favorably situated.

How to reach – Take the metro. Get down at Rajiv Chowk BLUE LINE and take the Palika Bazar Exit. It is 5 minutes walking distance from there. Or get down at Janpath Metro Station PURPLE LINE



Bargain, bargain and bargain! If you have a knack to play with the price of items, you can use your skill in the Sarojini Nagar Market. Here you can get cheap products at ease, but no guarantee of quality. Who cares?, if you are able to do quantity shopping in limited budget. Clothes, footwear, accessories, homeware, you get it all here! One of the best places to buy all fashionable tops, jeans, T-shirts, dresses, accessories, shoes, bags, scarves, etc., at cheap prices.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station INA. Take an auto to the market for 25-30 Rupees. YELLOW LINE



All your shopaholic fantasies can see daylight here. You can get hold of some trendy clothes, footwear, accessories in this popular south Delhi market. Take some time out to get your hands decorated with mehendi from the popular mehendiwalasthere.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Lajpat Nagar PURPLE LINE



Situated near North Campus, Kamla Nagar is a great place to hang out and shop. It is famous for popular fashion brands where you can buy export surpluses and manufacturing rejects at throwaway prices. There is the option of flea market and the branded shopping.

How to reach- Nearest metro station vishwavidyalaya. Take the auto for 25-30 Rupees for Kamla Nagar Market. YELLOW LINE



Another diverse and exhaustive shopping destination is the Karol Bagh market. Get Indian attires, cheap electronic goods (Gaffar Market), bags, shoes etc. You can find all items listed in your shopping list, here.

Karol Bagh is one the busiest and oldest shopping areas in Delhi which famous for bridal wears, Indian garments (cotton, silks, woolens or synthetics cloths), shoes, cosmetic products, books, gadgets and electronic items.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Karol Bagh BLUE LINE



Chandni Chowk, is famous for wedding lehengas, semi-precious jewelry, embroidered bags, garments of silk and cotton etc. Arguably one of Delhi’s most famous shopping streets, Chandni Chowk is filled with jewelry, carpets, lehengas, wedding wear, embroidered bags and clothes, silk garments and accessories. Half the fun of shopping here is exploring the tortuous back alleys where you will make your best purchases. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite at any of the roadside stalls in Chandni Chowk.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station Chandni Chowk YELLOW LINE

A Busy Street, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
A Busy Street, Chandni Chowk, Delhi


Greater Kailash market is divided into two shopping areas, Greater M-Block and N-Block. Both markets are best known for crowded shops famous for its street food-corners, showrooms and local outlets for shopping in Delhi. Both the blocks have a combination of both, branded and unbranded shops that attracts a huge crowd. You will find reasonably priced accessories, footwear and clothes here.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station East of Kailash PURPLE LINE or Green Park YELLOW LINE



Paharganj market is situated just opposite to platform number 1 exit of the New Delhi railway station..Besides being a popular area for budget hotels , it is a shopaholics favorite destination. It is the hippie market in every sense. Explore the market for kurtas, harem pants etc.

How to reach- Nearest metro station RK Ashram marg BLUE LINE or New Delhi YELLOW LINE



If you want to buy something from the traditional market of Indian villages.  Dilli Haat is the best recommendation for you. You can see small thatched roof cottages with the ultimate atmosphere of Indian villages. The market is famous for delicious spicy foods, handcrafted and handloom items. It depicts the olden day style of bazaar where haats were set up to sell wares. It is the perfect place to experience the culture of Delhi. It consists of around 200 stalls with a variety of beautiful Indian crafts and trinkets. One can see occasional regional folk dances here and buy souvenirs like ceramic pots, puppets and handloom items.

How to reach- Nearest Metro Station INA YELLOW LINE

Digital StillCamera
Digital StillCamera


Khan Market is definitely for elite shoppers but if you want to pick the best of stuff (flea market) then there are a few shops which you could explore and end up buying good quality products. Khan market is perfect to buy fashionable apparel, books, cosmetics, get skin and hair treatments at the high end salons and dine at the coolest restaurants. You could buy artistic, fashionable accessories at the local sellers packed around the shopping arcade.

How to reach – Nearest Metro station- Khan market. Walking distance from the station. PURPLE LINE


For further help with Delhi Metro, I have attached the metro map for your convenience.



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We all talk about the climate change, the global warming but when it comes to common people (pretty much like me), we fail to understand the impact it will have in the coming years and how we as individuals (yes you read that right) are contributing to it every second.

I had read a little about it 2014 and had witnessed some time lapse photos of the melting glaciers but it wasn’t till today (to be precise) that I realized how very foolish we are being by not understanding the implications of this climate change.

Thanks to netflix, I recently saw this documentary called ‘CHASING ICE’. Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Chasing Ice reveals Balog’s hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic, all while delivering fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history.

Chasing Ice is a feature documentary about one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, by helicopter, canoe, and dogsled, to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether, risking both his career and his well-being. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labor. But his hauntingly beautiful videos compress those years into seconds. His Extreme Ice Survey captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist doing everything in his power to deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.


Once we see the time lapse videos and the images, do we realise how we are damaging the climate of our planet and how it doesn’t look like a very convincing future for our coming generations. We must all take a step to bring down the carbon emission and do all we can to slow down the melting of the glaciers.

BY –

Shruti Sharma



Dreams are the escape from reality

Reality is the escape from dreams.

But, you….

you are everywhere.

Is there no place to escape from you?

I need to find a place where you cease to exist.

I need to find a place where you are not a part of my world


Sam #elandjacob


We are trapped

and caged with each other

inside my thoughts

and memories.

As much as you want

and try to get out.

I am trying the same

and smell the air of freedom

once I stop loving you

and free us both.

  • Sam  #elandjacob

Holocaust Diaries : Forgiving Dr Mengele

I have recently taken an interest in history and future at the same time. PRESENT doesn’t entice me anymore. So, anyways I have picked up Holocaust from the past and about future, we will discuss that in some other post… Some other day.

I just finished watching the documentary ‘Forgiving Dr Mengele’ which talks about the unaccounted for experiments that Dr Mengele used to do on twins. There is no records of what exactly he did and he never discussed the same with anyone. But the atrocities that the Jews went through and survived. Well, there are stories to be discussed.

This documentary talks about one of the ‘Mengele twins’ by the name of Eva Mozes Kor who talks about how they were separated from their family and were kept alive because the doctor wanted to conduct experiments on twins.

Eva talks about how she has forgiven the Nazis and how she has liberated herself. She received a lot of criticism for the same from the other survivors because for them it was not easy to let go of the anger. I completely understand how and why they wouldn’t be OK with what Eva did but what they fail to understand is that Eva did not forget what all she went through but she could not let the past affect her present more than she could help. She could never erase the past nor she could forget it but she could free herself from seeking answers and frustrating herself over what could not be answered now. She went through the worst in the world history and she lives with it each day and it is not easy. She just wants to let it go now and stop being a victim and I don’t see anything wrong in that.

Rest, I pray for the souls that departed during that time. It was painful…. It was uncalled for and it was unfair. The pain that the families went through are beyond our imagination and we can never say ‘I understand’.

Shruti Sharma/ Sam

Handling my own shit

I believe myself to be an independent person. Yes, I have been falsely accused of being the type who needs a male to take care of her but i know for a fact that I am not that person. And I have never been that person and certainly don’t intend to be in the near or the far future. Today, I am writing on this topic because few days back I was in a situation something related to this only.  I met a friend’s date and my younger sister and her friends were also there and they are below 21 so no liquor for them but one of her friends managed to buy a pint of beer and manager got furious and wanted to take action. Now, I know for a fact that I could have handled that situation very peacefully but my friend insisted on her date to take care of the matter. I was sitting right there and listening to the conversation and suddenly said something and my dear friend shushed me and said “don’t worry he can handle it.” Emmmmm….. Ok! And how he handled it. Well he vouched for three of us and completely denied any familiarity with my sister and her friends. I found a bit odd. But what really made me squirm was the fact that my friend shushed me. I could have handled it. So, now we come to the topic of handling my own shit. I have always been the person who is very independent and I prefer not to take anybody’s help unless there is nothing that I can do about it. I prefer traveling on my own. I don’t want my dates to pick or drop me back because I know how to travel and I am not a kid who cannot travel alone. This irritates me the most. I don’t want to be treated like a princess/ kid or whatever notion is in the head of people. Oh! I don’t believe this as a way of pampering someone, at least not me. At the end of the day,I want to be responsible for my own actions and I don’t like to find excuses and that’s what precisely happens when you let people do you a ‘favor’ yes that is termed as favor in my dictionary. I know I can handle my own shit. I always have. And I always will.


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