Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - – Gur­gaon by Veena Tal­war Olden­burg

What Gur­gaon Is

Is In The Eye Of The Be­holder.

For the aspi­ra­tional mi­grant, rich or poor, Gur­gaon is the Mil­len­nium City, with its sleek malls, sky-scrap­ing con­do­mini­ums, safe and gra­cious gated colonies, ten­e­ment hous­ing, and lifechang­ing jobs. For cor­po­ra­tions, it is the Mecca of op­por­tu­nity, as count­less For­tune 500 com­pa­nies have flocked to its busi­ness tow­ers and parks, at once spa­cious, el­e­gant and con­ve­nient for do­ing busi­ness. For its older res­i­dents, a more in­trigu­ing fate could not have be­fallen their small town.

For the me­dia it is the city that makes head­lines, of­ten for the wrong rea­sons – brawls in pubs, crimes against women, du­bi­ous real es­tate trans­ac­tions, mega traf­fic jams…

But Gur­gaon’s ex­is­tence be­gan as an ob­scure ham­let, and it has had sev­eral hoary in­car­na­tions be­fore it ac­quired its present den­sity, in­dus­try, wealth and civic fab­ric. It is this tan­gled tale, more the­matic than chrono­log­i­cal, that this book tells.

Veena Tal­war Olden­burg has been wit­ness to Gur­gaon’s as­ton­ish­ing evo­lu­tion for over twenty years. This vol­ume is the first ever rig­or­ously re­searched nar­ra­tive of the city’s mak­ing that speaks to read­ers of mod­ern his­tory, au­di­ences com­pelled by Gur­gaon’s be­wil­der­ing growth and the very peo­ple who made it their home – now and for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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