"I feel that it is the educated professionals who have transformed sleepy Gurgaon into a happening Millennium City. Since most have lived and travelled abroad, they strive to match the standards of a global city,” says Varun Dewan a resident of Parsvnath Exotica, Gurgaon. Varun, and his pretty wife Shikha, swear by the City – it’s potential to offer great work opportunities, world class schools, and a happening night life. Soon after graduating from Chandigarh University, the young couple moved to Gurgaon, nearly eight years ago. “Both of us belong to Chandigarh, but Gurgaon is our home now. The young urban population residing in Gurgaon has indeed given a boost to the image of the City,” feels Shikha. “The cosmopolitan nature of the City has made it a vibrant culture capital.”
Youngsters from all over the country, working in Gurgaon, are in complete awe of the City. Gurgaon provides amazing work opportunities, for professionals passing out of various colleges across the length and breadth of the country. The city is buzzing with young working professionals. “Gurgaon is a hub for accountants, engineers, bankers and architects. It is a favourite haunt for us budding chartered accountants, who wish to participate in India’s growth story,” adds Varun.
Varun and Shikha cite many other reasons for their love of Gurgaon. The couple is particularly happy about the various good schools in and around Gurgaon. Their little daughter, Samaira, goes to the prestigious ‘The Shri Ram School’ in DLF. Other than work, Gurgaon offers great opportunities to unwind and relax. The couple can’t stop gushing about their list of hang out joints in the City. Shikha feels there are enough opportunities for young women like her to engage in. “We frequently hang-out at various malls and restaurants thronging the City. Ice skating in Ambience Mall is exciting, and so is bowling at the 32nd milestone. We often go to watch various shows in ‘The Kingdom of Dreams’. The art and culture scene at the Epicentre is vibrant too.”
But apart from all the glitz and glamour, there are problems of commuting and safety within Gurgaon. Shikha says, “Yes, safety and security is a big problem. Since Varun often travels abroad for work, I have to commute alone. I try to avoid late evenings when I am alone. Also, the City has become very expensive to live in.”
According to this charismatic young couple, the City transcends all boundaries, and yet remains ‘home sweet home’ for them. “We love the place. And with various growth opportunities, we wouldn’t trade Gurgaon for any other place,” enthuses Varun.