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Gurgaon Diaries: Life, Work and Play in Drona’s Village Paperback – Import, 3 Jan 2018
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About the Author
Debeshi Gooptu is a business journalist turned digital content strategist and entrepreneur. With more than twenty years of experience in print and television (Business Standard, Business Today, Plus Channel) and higher education (British Council, Canadian High Commission, Intel Asia Electronics), she runs an online research consultancy for overseas education organization and works as a digital content strategy head for Digiqom, a digital media agency. Debeshi is also the India editor for Innovation Enterprise, a Singapore-headquartered publication tracking trends in technology and innovation in Asia-Pacific. She frequently blogs for The Huffington Post and runs ‘The Gurgaon Diaries’, a successful blog.
She lives in Gurgaon, Haryana.
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First of all, this is the very first book in Indian Literature which delighted me only with its comic and witty and seldom sarcastic writing style! All the while I read the book I just couldn't stop updating my social media with all the laughs I had! Gurgaon Diaries is a collection of little shorts of Gooptu's life in Gurgaon, but I related to it on an entirely different level being Bengali. There are continuous reference to Bengali's living outside Bengal and their daily struggles, beginning from their festivals to fish preference. Gooptu's book captures the small moments of life and magnifies them to a larger scale. It surprises me how beautiful the stories are, some dealing with little events of life like crowded lines at the superstore, to the little uncomfortabilities (that's not even a word) created by tiny creatures like Wasps ; to grave issues like the unsafe condition of the country even for little girls and the struggles of a woman who works from home.
Debeshi, take my bow! Your book has entered my list of Favourite Books of 2018. And I bet, dear reader, it will be yours too. Why don't you grab a copy here ?
There are about 60 entries in the Gurgaon Diaries, of which I haven't read about 10. Why, you may ask? I can't bear to know that I have finished reading this amazing book that I love so much and I cant return to it for something new. I sincerely hope the author comes out with another book ASAP. Guess who will be pre-ordering it?
Then came the boom in property and while builders and real estate agents seemed to take over the landscape to raise the skyline, there was an influx of people from all over the country who came in hordes for better opportunities. The village was taking over.
Unfortunately, this village wasn’t prepared to handle the rapid development and urbanization. Infrastructure was severely lacking. Gurgaon was unable to keep up. Soon enough, the success story developed large cracks, much like its potholed roads come monsoon season.
Nonetheless, the city has continued to grow and Gooptu has captured the nuances of her experience through the years in a short story / essay format.
The book is divided into three sections – Life, Work, and Play. True to their name, the stories in each category describe her various adventures of living in Gurgaon. Some are humourous, while others evoke anger, and then there are those that completely appall you.
The wonderful thing about the book is how, within the backdrop of development, it is a study in Gurgaon’s Sociology. Changes in values, culture, morals, ethics – life in Gurgaon and the people here are shown as the mishmash they are. As the author still learns to come to terms with this development of an entirely different kind, you – whether you are a resident, or visitor – can’t help but marvel at it.
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A hilarious narrative on the happenings in the millennium city - Debeshi does a great job taking a humorous dig on one and everything, but definitely you resonate with her on it!
Be it regarding the situation wherein someone is too close to you on a shopping queue, or the endless preaching given by self obsessed fitness enthusiasts, or the whole world listening to Gangnam style, the startup founders roaming in shorts and imposing their presence, the flooded smart city during rains, the tantrum throwing children and their unminding parents in upscale restaurants, the Halloween obsession in the community and the ladies hogging the trail rooms - each tale has a lot to tell on how we as a society are pretty much the same but struggling to become a more civilized one in the midst of sudden economic and technological growth.
Though called Gurgaon diaries, I believe this can apply to any new or in many cases even older smart cities.
The author says that she has an issue on anger management and I am sure this is the case with a decent percentage of folks who have to put up with the still developing civilized population!
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