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Shankar Market, perfect place for food and fiction
Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 27, 2011
First Published: 18:07 IST(27/12/2011)
Last Updated: 02:24 IST(28/12/2011)
Shankar Market in New Delhi.
For the past 50 odd years, Shankar Market in Connaught Place (CP) has been one of the must visit places for buying fabric. Here, you will find rows of shops selling a range of fabrics, from cotton to spun, tussar, silk and georgettes in solid colours, and digital prints, all at pocket-friendly prices
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Stitch in time
What’s more, most shops have a tailor sitting outside, so you can get your measurements taken and your fabric stitched on the spot. They’ll even courier your purchase to your home for an extra payment of Rs. 50 to Rs. 100. While a simple salwar kameez stitching will cost you Rs. 300, an anarkali could cost anything between Rs. 500 to Rs. 700.

When here, do pay a visit to Hunar, which is a popular shop with socialites such as Nafisa Ali for its crisp cotton kurtas and churidars. “We get at least 100 orders a day, so you have to give the material at least a month in advance to us,” says Udham Singh, an assistant at the shop.

“Those of us who work in CP love Shankar Market because we can come here during our lunch hour and order clothes. It’s very convenient and the service is also quick,” says Mohini Rastogi, 28, who works in a travel office in CP.

Book it!
The fourth courtyard of the market is a haven for book lovers. Here, you can find shops such as Sharma Book Depot, which sells a range of fiction and non-fiction books for Rs. 100 - Rs. 200. While romantics can pick up a Mills and Boons novel for Rs. 20, fashionistas can buy international editions of fashion magazines for Rs. 40 to Rs. 200.

Lunch hour traffic
People from nearby offices come here to relish rajma chawal (Rs 40) and kadi chawal (Rs 40). “Peak hour for us is between 2pm to 4pm, and we get at least 100 people,” says Ashok Gupta of The Rajma Chawal Shop. There’s also a chaat shop which is set up around 2pm till 9pm, but the chaat, which costs Rs. 20 - Rs. 30, is usually sold out sooner. You can also get kulche chhole for Rs. 30. Despite the fact that there is no seating available, this is one of the most popular spots in CP at lunch hour.

Where to go?
What
: Shankar Market, opposite M block market, Connaught Place
Best time to go: Between 2pm and 4pm, as the food stalls are up and running then
Nearest metro Station: Barakhamba on the Blue Line

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