Go for a real bargain!

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Go for a real bargain!

Colourful: The carts are stacked up with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Those living in and around Jayanagar and J P Nagar would never have to come to good old M G Road, Commercial Street or even Brigade Road to shop. The shopping complex in Jayanagar 4th Block is popular with most people living in and around South Bangalore. There’s really nothing that you don’t get in the complex. The latest brands and the hottest designs are stocked up here.

Located at the heart of Jayanagar, right beside the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) transit point, the shopping complex sprawls across 15,000 sq mts. Though the complex doesn't bear a swanky look, it continues to be a popular shopping spot for Bangaloreans. The reason is simple, one can bargain and buy all that he or she wants.

In addition to book stores, clothes, shoe shops and a supermarket, the shopping complex is home to an indoor market with a maze of shops selling everything from vegetables, fruits and stationery to the items one needs for puja. It is also dotted with numerous government offices, banks, ATM counters, railway reservation counter and RTO offices. The fish market at the complex is known to be one of the most favoured destinations for those who fancy fish. Fresh vegetables and flowers are available in the wee hours on any given day.

The pathways in and around the complex are lined with fruits, vegetables, flowers, garments, toys, old books, bags and slipper sellers. During festivals, the complex is lit up in a big way, each corner assuming a character of its own.

For Jayanti, a resident of Jayanagar, the complex has remained a shopping hub for her family for many years now. “Whether for our daily use or for festivals, we buy everything from here. The best thing about the place is that there are many options in every segment, from doormats to silk saris,” she says.

Hari Kumar, a retired central government employee spends his evenings on the benches at the complex, just lazing around. “It is a favourite pastime to watch the happenings in the complex. Kids crying for toys, women at their bargaining best, young boys and girls hanging at chaat stalls — all form a sweet memory. When it comes to shopping, I don’t have any other option,” he says.

The complex attracts young girls because kurtis and fashion accessories are available in a wide range at very reasonable prices. Most of the pathways are occupied by the vendors selling Rs 100 kurtas and chappals. “I frequent this place only for the splendid range of kurtas. My friends always ask me where I buy my clothes from. My friends and I throng the shops and bargain to our best capacity,” includes Alaka, a student.

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