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OUR ODE TO GURGAON, INDIA
PART 1, AN INTRODUCTION

NewsWhistle contributor Dev Tyagi brings us a five-part series, which highlights the dynamic city of Gurgaon, India. Here is the first installment of Dev’s informative and enlightening report.

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If you are a regular visitor to the north of India or someone who has stayed in this part of India for some time, then you are not a stranger to the warm, friendly, welcoming but slightly garish ways of being and living.

Wait a second, did I just say, slightly garish? I did.

We in India, especially in this part of the country, up north, take great pride in being loud and garish. The joie de vivre that accompanies this notion, or rather habit of living, finds its deep footing in the way we dress up, talk, eat and even drive.

The consumption of milk, tea, coffee, and even the homemade curd based drink lassi in North Indian cities is a common sight but almost always has oodles of sugar, perhaps, explaining why India in India, you would encounter less of bitterness and more of sugary sweet moments.

The source of milk which is such a huge constituent of our beverages or sweets is often the adorable cow living in the same house as ours or its calf. If you have recently become a father or have somehow cleared your university degree, you will be made to eat tons of “mithai”, the Indian term for sweetened delicacies.

But, you can’t complain, you are in that part of India where genuine hospitality flows in our blood stream just as nitrogen oxide flows and pollutes the air of North India.

So do I mean that North Indians have some ‘air about themselves’ over others. Off course, how can we not? How can we not break the news of buying a Mercedes at someone’s funeral or not happen to show off the latest smart phone gadget that we have bought, even if we are visiting a badly injured accomplice in a hospital.

The more sensitive the situation, the better our resolve to shake the general composure by announcing our loud presence. Certainly not so understated in our appearance, while we may forever be enemies to subtlety, we take pleasure in being from the region where the capital city of New Delhi is located.

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OTHER INSTALLMENTS IN OUR 5-PART SERIES
PART 2, WELCOME TO THE NCR
PART 3, GUARGON, THEN AND NOW
PART 4, HOW TO GET TO GURGAON
PART 5, WHAT TO DO IN GURGAON

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CREDITS
Lead-In Image Courtesy of Dev Tyagi
Video Courtesy of Sborkmann/YouTube

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Contact Dev Tyagi at dev@newswhistle.com