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Is Gurgaon really connected with Raahgiri?
Raahgiri, which is currently the talk of Gurgaon does not excite everyone. People residing near old Gurgaon bus stand and near Palam Vihar hardly participate in the street celebrations taking place on the other side of the Gurgaon.

To them, it is a world far removed and Sunday is a lazy day to celebrate sleep rather than a 'no vehicle zone'. However, when it was announced that Raahgiri was to come to Palam Vihar, it was interesting to see the reactions of some of the Gurgaonites.

Sumaisa Zaidi, who lives near Sector 5, when got to know of the development was quick to say nay. Explaining, she said, "Sunday is the only day when I can spend time with my daughter and I do not want to spend that in Raahgiri celebrating something, which don't interest me to that extent."

Reflecting the same sentiments was another resident of Palam Vihar, who wishes to remain anonymous. He asked, "How many people from Sector 56 or around Palam Vihar actually participate in Raahgiri? Times of India might promote the activity as a success but it is actually a glorified high-tea among people in and around Galleria, who sees it as a networking ground."

When asked whether he would attend it in Palam Vihar, where it would start from March 9, he said, ?I probably would. Actually I would be excited to participate as it would feel homely and I would know people. Also, the proximity would be such a relief."

The purpose of the whole activity, which was modeled around Ciclovia- an event that began in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, was to create a car free zone so that people can do recreational activities. While, technically, Raahgiri does that, it is yet to garner the kind of participation, which made it so popular in other countries.

A man, who lives in Palam Vihar Cosmos and attends Raahgiri every Sunday says that it is a congregation of 25-30 people, who are acquaintances and doesn't really involve the entire Gurgaon.

The initiative would be a lot more successful, if every pocket of Gurgaon has it, which might again pose its own problems.

Allekhya Bolla, who lives in Sector 22 of the Palam Vihar is ecstatic about the fact that Raahgiri is finally coming to her part of the town. "Finally, I would be able to witness what the hoopla is all about. Galleria is a nice place to start such an initiative, but then it is difficult for me to go that far, especially since we have to park our vehicles at a considerable distance. But now I think, Palam Vihar would be a good option," said Bolla. 

Equally optimistic was Dheeraj Kumar who rejoiced at the fact that now he would get a car free road to catch up on his cycling.

While the reactions were mixed in the older town of Gurgaon, I would like to pose one question to the readers, "have you visited Raahgiri?" Your answer would suffice to draw a conclusion whether it is a initiative that looks good on paper or whether Gurgaon is actually enjoying its Sunday.

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