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Gurgaon's immigrant population and their lifestyle challenges
A large part of Gurgaon is occupied with immigrants. In the bargain for a better life, they give away their health for junk foods, late night corporate parties and peer pressure drinking. Immigrants with families are better off in a city where both can take care of each other, but bachelors have it tough. Talking to a few corporate immigrants, we learnt about the various Lifestyle challenges they face.

An expatiate in India, who doesn't want to be named said, ''Being Japanese, we get very different kind of vegetables in Japan. For the same kind of vegetable we visit a farmer's market every Thursday in Delhi. This is not possible every-time so we rely a lot in the packaged foods and KFC.'' KFC, McDonald, Dominoes and Pizza Hut are really popular among the bachelor group of immigrants.

Alekhya Bolla, a family person and far away from Srikakulam, says, '' Haldirams, chips, biscuits are my favourite substitute for actual food. Although, thanks to my mother I do get south Indian food, but we have to get so many ingredients from our native place such as the idli rawa, haldi and rice powder as well a typical south Indian variety of rice, which we crave for. There are some south Indian stores in Gurgaon, but they are far from satisfactory.''

Vipul Sheoran when asked says, '' Lifestyle is a big joke in my life atleast. Jo mil jaata hai wohi kha lete hai. But, one thing, which corporates, who are living in a Paying Guest cannot escape is that they have to booze everyday. It's like the day cannot end without our daily dose. Admittedly, I sound like an alcoholic but drinking is a big thing in the corporates life in Gurgaon- atleast that is why there is an abundance in thekas in Gurgaon.''

The lifestyle problem is growing by the day and according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, around 60 per cent of young workforce engaged in Gurgaon's IT and ITES sector are stricken with lifestyle disorders due to unhealthy eating habits, hectic work schedules, tight deadlines. Although the survey is one year old, yet the fact that a large part of the population between 22 years to 30 years still migrate to Gurgaon holds true and they follow a rigorously work-centric life, which harms them in a direct way.

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