Working and Living in Gurgaon, India
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Apr 10, 2013 5:17 AM Last Post By: abhinav_psyched...
Sep 11, 2010 1:03 PM
Sep 11, 2010 1:38 PM
1Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly....
Power cuts are a major problem so go for a complex which has power back up if your budget can afford it.
Security...not bad but go for an apartment complex each of which has its own security...again depends on your budget. Don't stay out late alone.
Entertainment : Loads of malls and restaurants...that's it. For proper entertainment, you would have to go to Delhi. But then, what's your idea of entertainment ?
Sep 11, 2010 3:55 PM
2Buy a lonely planet guidebook. I am serious. You will need it and find it quite valuable.
If you butter him up properly, Kabarry might befriend you. You might find him a helpful fella to meet in person down the track. I almost met him but couldn't get my act together in the end but i have met several other indian (regulars) through this site and all have been great.
Sep 11, 2010 8:52 PM
3I'm an expat working and living in Gurgaon myself. There are quite a few of us - from all over the world. I have not encountered any Vietnamese so far, but I know for certain there are lots of Chinese, Korean and Japanese people here. It wouldn't be too hard to make new friends whether expats or locals.
Gurgaon - despite it's flaws - is not a bad place to live if you can afford something which basic security and power back-up (as #1 said). There are not shortage of entertainment in the sense of cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, bowling, shopping etc., but for something a bit more cultural you need to go to Delhi. The new metro link to Delhi has made Gurgaon a much more livable city for those who might not be able to afford their own vehicle, as all the great parks and places in Delhi are now within pretty easy reach - especially if you manage to find accommodation within walking/rickshaw distance from the metro.
Indiamike.com has proper forums specifically for expat life in various Indian localities, you might find more help (and contacts) there.
Sep 11, 2010 9:34 PM
4The Indiamike forum will provide a wider response.
Sep 13, 2010 2:46 AM
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Sep 13, 2010 11:49 AM
7I don't want to scare you off, but personally, I find Gurgaon pretty unsafe for single women. Whenever I'm out there by myself, I am stiff and alert and on guard all the time. At the same time, there are tons of single women who live there happily and safely enough - my sis was one of them - so it could just be my opinion. For safety on the streets, just be smart - do not stay out late by yourself or travel late alone, do not go drinking unless with friends you trust (and who will get you home safe and sound), do not give your contact details to strangers. I normally add 'dress modestly' but women in Gurgaon are more western in their dressing than anywhere else in India (except Mumbai) so that isn't an issue.
The people are aggressive and unfriendly, and will take you for a ride if you let them. Gurgaon gives a new definition to the term concrete jungle - there isn't a single tree in sight, and the pollution and traffic is terrible. I have't seen a clear sky even once in Gurgaon. There is no public transport withing Gurgaon to speak of - you are dependent on taxis or rickshaws.
Make sure your accommodation is in one of those big, sprawling apartment complexes with security. They sometimes come with a swimming pool, gym, tennis/badminton court, so that could save you travel time. Try getting something close to work if possible - saves time, and is safer if you end up working late.
There is a mall for every street in Gurgaon. So its great if you are into shopping, clubbing and partying, movies, bowling, restaurants etc. But otherwise, there is no other entertainment in Gurgaon. However, Delhi has a vibrant cultural scene - plays, book readings, exhibitions, literary/music/art festivals etc - and it is a historically rich city, so you can always take off there if you need something along those lines.
I think you'll find it easy to make friends in Gurgaon though. Lots of young people live there by themselves.
Sep 13, 2010 11:53 AM
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Sep 16, 2010 8:02 AM
117# Gurgaon gives a new definition to the term concrete jungle - there isn't a single tree in sight, and the pollution and traffic is terrible.
Isn't it sad? It wasn't like that once upon a time Pirate-E. Jug Suraiyya quite often mourns the passing of the Gurgaon that was. I remember the The National Media Centre (where he lives; though not to visit him :-) ) when it opened and it was truly a nice place. Went there last year. Ugh!
One would have thought that a lesson would have been learnt from the destruction of Bangalore.
Sep 16, 2010 1:16 PM
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