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Stop, shop, go

entertainment Updated: Feb 18, 2011 01:26 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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As traffic jams get longer and longer, traffic signals in Delhi become a business hot spot. Here’s a look at some of the cool stuff you can find the next time you’re stuck in an endless jam. Don’t forget to bargain!

Flower bouquets
What: Bunches of roses in every colour
Available at: Mostly sold at traffic intersection near Adhchini, Munirka and IIT flyover.
Price quoted: Rs 120 for a dozen roses
After bargaining: Rs 50
Best for: Your girlfriend when you’re running late

Spiderman stick-ons
What: Stick-on cut out of popular super heroes.
Available at: Most red lights, including the one at Rajghat and the one near Chirag Dilli flyover.
Price quoted: Rs 40
After bargaining: Rs 25
Best for: Decorating your room

Flower pots
What: Plastic flower pots with cute sunflowers and bees. Solar powered, the flowers bob up and down depending on the sunlight
Available at: Most red lights, including ITO crossing and near Patel Nagar metro station.
Price quoted: Rs 120
After bargaining: Rs 50
Best for: The dashboard of your car

What: Made-in-China Calculators
Available at: Red lights near IIT flyover and BRT corridor
Price quoted: Rs 450
After bargaining: Rs 180
Best for: These cheap but durable calculators are handy to keep in your backpack.

Cartoon posters
What: Stick-on posters of cartoon characters and pop icons such as Hannah Montana.
Available at: Rajghat Traffic intersection, Noida sector 14 Traffic signal.
Price quoted: Rs 50
After bargaining: R 40
Best for: Decorating rooms of children

What: Plastic airplanes
Available at: Red lights at ITO crossing, BRT Corridor and Lodhi road intersection.
Price quoted: Rs 50
After bargaining: Rs 30 per piece
Best for: The dashboard or your collection of toys

Coconut slices
What: Fresh coconut slices, served chilled
Available at: Most red lights, including ITO crossing, Rajghat intersection and Dilli Gate traffic
light amongst others.
Price quoted: Rs 5 per piece
After bargaining: Rs 5 per piece
Best for: Munching while waiting at the traffic signals (though we can’t vouch for their hygiene).

Rotating monkeys
What: Battery-operated musical dancing monkey
Available at: Red lights at Rajghat and Pragati Maidan
Price quoted: Rs 200
After bargaining: Rs 100
Best for: These toys are an appropriate gift for children.

Toy cars
What: Red hot toy cars
Available at: Barakhamba red light
Price quoted: Rs 80
After bargaining: Rs 50
Best for: Gift them to someone who loves collecting dinky cars.