I have been living in Gurgaon for the past three years and although I have seen the moods of Gurgaon, the contrasts and the culture, but was stumped when someone asked me what was Gurgaon famous for. All kinds of negative images of potholes, road rage and pollution came to mind, but it became increasingly difficult to see the glass as half full. In order to understand Gurgaon a little better and what people- who have stayed here way longer than I have, would say, I asked them what do they think Gurgaon is famous for.
Ashim Sunam, who has been travelling to Gurgaon
for the past four years, on hearing the question retorts with just two words- MG Road. MG road is a famous spot for all and sundry, with all its attractions and glitz and glamour and it is no wonder that it pops in the mind at the very mention of Gurgaon. However, another citizen, who is living and earning a living in Gurgaon
for the past 6 years and doesn't want to be named said, ''I think, for me it was famous for the fact that this place was gifted to Guru Dronacharya, probably by Kauravas and hence it got its name- 'Gur gaon'. On today's context, it is famous for being the hub of corporate development. It is the one stop silicon city, which is near the Capital. Also DLF has showcased here what they can do as a real estate company and how they can turn the look of a city.''
Preeti Singh, who is through and through a Gurgaonwali said, ''It is famous for its Rapid Metro, which has just started, restaurants and newly opened Cyber Hub. Initially people from Delhi
used to venture to Gurgaon
for the night life. These days, there is a dip in the culture due to safety issues, but even we have to agree that night life is good here.'' While scanning for interesting answers, I visited Quora to understand more on the topic and was surprised to see a number of positive answers.
Khusrao Gurganvi wrote in Quora (http://bit.ly/1p9sbtw), ''For being the Millenium City. When I moved to Gurgaon in 1999, there was nothing there. And I mean literally nothing. Thorny khejri trees, dust and rocks. That's it. Today, it has 53 shopping malls, a metro network, the highest density of skyscrapers after Mumbai and has the highest per capita income in India. It is a testament to India's economic boom.''
Arun Sharma, who claims that pessimism is his forte writes (http://bit.ly/1rb33py), ''Gurgaon once a sleepy small village on the outskirts of Delhi. Gurgaon has been famous for it's proximity to IndraGandhi International Airport and Maruti Suzuki car production Plant . but now it is also known to house the corporate offices of MNC companies, Call centers, and auto spare parts production companies. The Jats of Gurgaon Gaon are also very famous because of their very rough and aggressive Haryanvi accent.'' There were others who pointed towards Kingdom of Dreams as it is the first live entertainment theatre of India, wrestling and the malls.
New perspective is always important, especially for things, which are too near to us. While these are the few interesting answers I could gather about Gurgaon, I would love to know more about it from you guys.
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