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Delhiwale: A park most unlike fast, furious Gurgaon

Everything is right here: Loners are by themselves, lovers together, no one is in a rush, and the fountain doesn’t work.

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2017 12:48 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
he modestly named Leisure Valley public park is in sector 29, Gurgaon.
he modestly named Leisure Valley public park is in sector 29, Gurgaon. (Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

The fabled HR-26, aka Gurgaon, is a world of dreams. Just across Delhi’s southern borders stand Gurgaon’s sky-kissing towers clustered together in a way that the place becomes New York to those of us who are doomed to haplessly fumble through life without a US visa.

One smoggy afternoon, we discover a most unusual place in Gurgaon. The modestly named Leisure Valley public park is nothing like this fast, furious, business town. Here, the world seems to be on a long sabbatical. The scenes are serene: a middle-aged man and woman hold hands silently while sitting on a bench; a young man’s head is on the lap of another young man; a woman with long black hair is sitting alone under a tree; two lovers are ensconced inside a pavilion; and a group of teenage boys is playing football.

The most beautiful sight is of a man in torn blue jeans lying on the grass, reading a hand-written journal. He does not once raise his eyes to look at the gloomy sky.

Try to come here in the evening, the scheduled hour for display of the ‘Ultra-Fast Musical Fountain’.

Since there is barely any water in the artificial pond, the system doesn’t work and you are simply relieved to witness that in this gleaming ultra-modern area, home to the confident and the successful, there continues to survive a little dysfunctional corner that’s more like Delhi than Manhattan.