Alive and buzzing: Life after work in Gurgaon
For a city that is young and affluent, leisure comprises an interesting mix of activities ranging from as simple as grocery shopping to watching a play. Work hard and party harder is a major trend of people in the city of aspirations. HT reports.india Updated: May 14, 2013 14:00 IST
For a city that is young and affluent, leisure comprises an interesting mix of activities ranging from as simple as grocery shopping to watching a play.
Gurgaon residents -- 76% of them, however, love to hand out in shopping malls and multiplexes the most, a joint survey by Hindustan Times and C fore conducted earlier this month has suggested.
The Millennium City has 21 operational malls besides over 40 big shopping marts or markets to cater to life-after-work needs of its citizens.
A good 45% of the Gurgaon's white collar executives - two lakh of them work in the city's IT-BPO firms - and other residents prefer to go drinking at a pub or nightclub. Gurgaon has 212 of them, according to excise department data.
Gurgaon has a clear edge over Delhi as far as the fun element is concerned. At least this what the survey revealed: 75% people preferred Gurgaon over the capital when it came to chilling out after work.
Work hard and party harder is a major leisure trend of people in the city of aspirations. The eight golf courses and 10 five-star hotels that offer global leisure experiences here rev up the city's life-after-work spirits.
Gurgaon has these unique hobby groups for walking, playing music, off-riding, night walking, all of which cater to the city's mostly migrant residents who live far from family and friends and seek affinity among fellow residents.
One aspect which the Millennium City is still to discover is art and theatre.
Unlike neighbouring Delhi which has several such avenues, Gurgaon has a few name to count on -- Epicentre and Kingdom of Dreams.
Despite being a hub of high-end leisure activities, Gurgaon's civic issues such as bad roads, lack of public transport and insufficient street lighting, besides scant presence of police on roads and uncouth gentry, sometimes play a dampener to the city's life-after-work scene.
"When not accompanied by male companions, we prefer going to a Delhi pub instead where you have lesser chances of bumping into hooligans," said Ananya (30), a BPO manager and a resident of sector 56.
The figures corroborate the residents' fears. When asked how many times in a week do they hang out or go to restaurants after 9pm, 26% said never and 44% said one or two times.