Yeh Gaon Hamara Hai: Loving Gurgaon is One Way of Saving It

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Yeh Gaon Hamara Hai: Loving Gurgaon is One Way of Saving It

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t was in the spring of 2012 when someone at the HUDA city centre metro station baggage belt walked off with my handbag, which had my house keys, phone, cash, credit, and ID cards in it. In apna Gurgaon or Gurugram as the authorities like to call it. Nobody helped me. Not the metro personnel who could have shared the CCTV footage, not the police, not the CISF that manages the metro’s security. Rather I was accused of stealing my own handbag, because apparently this is how hags like me conjure up spice in their dull, uneventful lives.

As I sat in the police station arguing with the bored constable to file my complaint, I noticed him staring dreamily at my cleavage. For the first time I was filled with hate for Gurgaon, its police, its apathetic system that lets its citizens down almost every time.

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