Shopping - word that could send all the girls into a tizzy and raise heart beats of all the guys. Shopping is mostly associated with women who can be seen in groups buying things not only for themselves but for their parents, kids and husbands or partners. Women do not shop only to buy what they need, for them it is a leisure activity that makes them happy and excited.

If she is down and depressed over something, she'll try to lift her mood by going to a nice clothes store and buying the adorable and expensive dress she has been longing for. If she is happy that is all the more reason to indulge in shopping spree. Whether she is happy or sad, Shopping is something, which she can do at the drop of a hat.

With the trend of both partners working catching up leading to increase in average spendable income of the households, they don't mind splurging money on themselves or near and dear ones.

Capitalizing on the women's weakness for shopping are shopping malls, which are mushrooming in every nook and cranny of the country. Shopping malls, which are one-stop shop for all the needs of a family, have become so popular that they are giving normal established markets a run for their money.

Generally, malls not only houses clothes stores for men, women and children, they also have books stores, jewelry showrooms, furniture showrooms and lifestyle showrooms. These malls cater to everyone's tastes and budgets. It also offers recreation facilities like cinema theatres and restaurants. So after you have got tired from the shopping spree you can have grub or even relax yourself by watching a newly released flick. Shopping malls like Big Bazaar, Lifestyle are also spreading its wings all across the country. Here one can find everything from clothes, shoes, and accessories to games, home furnishings, furniture, and your daily grocery items to electronics.

If you are not interested in shopping and you have time at hand, then these malls are fit for window-shopping. Window-shopping is considered by women as one of the best ways to kill time. Most families these days prefer to spend their weekends by visiting the malls as they have the option of not only shopping but also eating out and watching movies. Shopping malls are also becoming hangout places for students and college-goers who want to have a good time at minimum cost. but if you don't want to leave the comfortable confines of your home, you can buy what you want with the single click of the mouse. Yes, online shopping too has become quite popular with people who have less time to spare for this ''unproductive activity''.

There are many websites purely dedicated for online shopping like Baazi, eBay, future bazaar and Amazon where you can choose whatever you like from a variety of products showcased in the website and get it delivered to your doorstep. Online shopping is also a good option for people who want to send some gift to their kith and kin living in other parts of the world. You can get a whole lot of variety within your budget be it jewelry, clothes, cameras, chocolates, flowers, latest electronic gadgets, computers, books, DVDs, grocery and health and beauty products.

But for most women and some men too, shopping is an obsession and passion that cannot be experienced online. So all you guys and gals, loosen your purse strings and get set to go on a shopping mission!