I could sense the opportunities.
But I had to make sure the land was available for purchase, I had to consider the commercial viability of the venture and I also had to find out more about local land laws and regulations.
I made frequent visits to the site to familiarize myself with the lay of the land, striking up conversations with the few local inhabitants who approached me out of curiosity braving the heat of the day.
As far as I knew, Haryana was one of the few states in the country that had not enacted the draconian Urban Land Ceiling Act.
This would later help the state grow faster than many others, but at that time nobody was interested in a place like Gurgaon, a featureless little town in the middle of nowhere.
Paradoxically, that was precisely the reason I was keen on buying the land in the area and taking up the challenge of developing it into a township that would become the centre of activity.
One site in particular had caught my eye.
It was an area of around 40 acres situated some 50 metres away from the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway near Chakkarpur and Sikanderpur Ghosi villages.
It was mostly wilderness with a terrain criss-crossed by small gulches where one could still find wild blue bulls roaming.
To reach that spot, I had to pass the majestic Qutab Minar (seen here) along the way.
I would glance at the towering monument, wondering if it would bring me inspiration.
It did, and of the most unexpected kind.