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Shoppers listen up: There are trial rooms at Janpath, Sarojini Nagar

With the first ever trial room set up in Janpath for two days, Delhi shoppers say trial rooms in flea markets should be a permanent feature.

delhi Updated: May 16, 2016 14:36 IST
Akshay Kaushal
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A two-way mirror allows a person to look from the other side of the mirror. If you touch a real mirror there would always be space between the tip of your finger and its reflection, if not it’s a two-way mirror(Photo: Amal KS)

It can’t get better than this for fashionistas on a budget! Delhi’s favourite flea markets such as Janpath and Sarojini Nagar will now have trial room to help customers try out outfits to ensure that perfect fit.

One such trial room was recently setup in the heart of the Janpath street market. “We took permission from New Delhi Municipal Council for setting up a trial room in Janpath and the authorities allowed us to,” said Meghna Saraogi, founder, Styledotme, who set up the trial room.

Though set up for only two days, the concept was an instant hit among customers as well as shopkeepers. Gunjan Saxena, a 41-year-old homemaker, who shops regularly from Janpath, was excited to see a trial room placed in the middle of the lane. “I often pick up wrong sizes as there are no trial rooms. This must be made into a permanent feature,” she says.

Vinay Yadav, who has been selling trendy dresses to girls in the cheapest rates possible for the past 10 years at the Janpath lane cites a valid reason behind the flea markets not having trial rooms. “If it was possible, we would have set up trial rooms years ago, but since we don’t make that much money, we could never come up with it. Hopefully, there would soon be a permanent trial room in Janpath and other flea markets in Delhi.”

Shopkeepers from Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar are also rooting for this. Yashwant Sharma from Sarojini Nagar markets wants a trial room in Sarojini and says, “Many customers come to return the garment, with a trial room nearby, it will be really convenient for the customers and us.”

And while you may want to go and try out your favourite outfit in one of these trial rooms in any of these street markets, make sure you don’t fall prey to voyeurism. There have been many incidents where hidden cameras were found inside the changing room (remember HRD minister Smriti Irani’s episode). We give you some easy tips to detect hidden cameras in a trial room.

1. Mobile phone: As you enter any trial room, try making calls from inside, if you face network issues, there are chances that there is a hidden camera inside.

2. Finger nail test: A two-way mirror allows a person to look from the other side of the mirror. If you touch a real mirror there would always be space between the tip of your finger and its reflection, if not it’s a two-way mirror.

3. Torch test: Switch off the lights inside the trial room and light up a flashlight in front of the mirror, if there is an observation room on the other side, you would be able to see that.

4. Look through the mirror: Try looking through the mirror, by covering both your hands around the light to block all lights. If there is something on the other side it would be visible to you.