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OUR ODE TO GURGAON, INDIA
PART 3, GURGAON – THEN AND NOW

Gurgaon, nowadays, isn’t just a mega corporate establishment.

There is so much to do and such vast richness to the city that it has forced a great change in the outlook toward the city, shifting the focus from being perceived earlier as an insular corporate jungle to now being the most happening of all of Delhi’s neighbourhood.

One can blame it on the growing demands that the high rate of urbanisation has put onto the shoulder’s of Gurgaon.

I myself was never a great fan of the city, say back in 2005. Driving was a chaos and so was the high level of traffic.

The city was far from being called one, literally. There were more buildings than in any of Delhi’s NCR region, not properly done or ably architecture’d, if I may indulge in slangs.

There were no signs of properly built roads, nor were there any shining hotels, restaurants apart from some basic eateries. What’s more? There weren’t enough parking lots to accommodate a flurry of vehicles that the corporate audience would come to use, since from the beginning, this has been a hub of the corporate setting for North India.

It is pertinent to note that most of the traffic that the city ‘dealt’ with then and ‘manages’ bravely nowadays is certainly not of Gurgaonites alone. There’s people from Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Delhi itself, all of those who come to Gurgaon on a daily basis to work.

Unfortunately, our country hasn’t warmed up to the somewhat evolved western outlook of promoting “work from home” ideology, for it to promote the general welfare of people, by which I mean, spare other’s the horrors of driving to Gurgaon, say on a crazy day of thunder showers or continuous downpour.

In lighter vein, the transformation of Gurgaon in the last decade, is one that is similar to Lady Gaga’s ever changing looks for an album release. Eating, driving, staying and partying, Gurgaon is the place to be, literally.

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OTHER INSTALLMENTS IN OUR 5-PART SERIES
PART 1, AN INTRODUCTION
PART 2, WELCOME TO THE NCR
PART 4, HOW TO GET TO GURGAON
PART 5, WHAT TO DO IN GURGAON

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Lead-In-Photo Courtesy of Dev Tyagi