On one of these visits, on a particularly scorching day, I had parked my car near a village well and sat down to evaluate the potential.
It was difficult to imagine anyone ever wanting to invest in a house or flats in the midst of a wilderness so far away from the heart of Delhi.
In the 1980s, driving from Delhi to Gurgaon was nothing like it is today. It was quite an ordeal, without roads, without human habitation for miles around.
Yet, I was beginning to see the logic of starting a DLF project there.
The way I saw it, once the city of Delhi started to expand to accomodate the growth in population, the Gurgaon area would provide the space for the spread of urbanisation.
To help myself think more clearly, I sought a small shaded area under some trees.
It also offered an opportunity to chat with the villagers visiting the well where a camel was being used to draw up the water.
I was sitting on a charpoy, the ubiquitous string cot used by the rural folk in the area, when an incident occurred that changed the course of my endeavours.
In fact, it was this one incident that was to transform Gurgaon from a rural wilderness into an international city.
Image: Cyber Green Building in Cybercity, DLF City Phase II, Gurgaon, Haryana.
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