Changing India-Impressions from a Delhi Mall

Impressions from a Delhi Mall

I visited a friend in Delhi and she decided our first stop on our day out in town would be a local mega mall, which had just opened up a new section which even she hadn’t seen.  She is a shopaholic and her greatest pleasure is “shop until you drop”.

The Mall was everything a Mall should be and more, and this was, I was told, the SMALLEST of the malls in Delhi.

I expected it to be empty but it was full of people shopping, eating etc. You can see some photos on the facebook link as well.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=281708&id=547896544&l=d212f45e57

The only thing which would make you realize you are in India are the products being sold in the department store.  In addition to the regular western clothing and housewares, there are local items to be found as well. I love the photo of the jeans and saris on racks right next to each other, which is a true testament to the changing India!

Jeans and Saris - India -the New and the Old Existing Side by Side

and of course the buckets which are still used for bathing in many homes.

and of course the local dress still worn by a majority of women.

or the incense sold in the supermarket on a shelf called “pooja needs” (items for religious ceremonies)

To give credit where credit is due, environmental awareness is high in India, and the supermarkets no longer use ANY plastic bags.  Goods are packed into locally sewn cloth bags which can be reused, and they are free!

We walked around until I was ready to drop- literally, and than had lunch in a lovely franchise place called Chilies (I think) and the food was delicious, but expensive for India – and yet the place was FULL of people taking a food break while out shopping.

The toilets were also modern and beautiful as befits a fancy mall

– but note that even though the toilets are western style, a hose for washing instead of using toilet paper is still provided in the stalls!

or the women carrying their purchases on their heads!

–remember more photos available at facebook LINK

Namaste

Jane

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9 Responses to Changing India-Impressions from a Delhi Mall

  1. TheBlackTwig says:

    When I was in India, I also observed how the new and old live comfortably with each other. 🙂 Thanks for the post.

    • Jane says:

      I think that is one of the most remarkable things about the country and why I love it so much and am so drawn to return there year after year.

  2. CLANCY OOPOW says:

    like the pic of the toilet with the hose. such a comfort to have your own toilet at home and when travelling its interesting to see the difference between cultures. an odd way off looking at different cultures but just an observation from me haha.

    I wish i could travel as much as you 🙂

    • Jane says:

      thanks for taking time to check out my blog. And find something to even comment on!! 🙂 I began traveling at age 54. Never stepped far away from my own town before then. Anything is possible if we have a true intent to do it.
      😀

  3. Jane says:

    exactly clancy!! I’m always the oldest traveler wherever I go in India, but I probably am appreciating what I am doing much more than all the younger people!!

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