Book Title: Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City
Author: Veena Talwar Oldenburg
The title of the book ‘Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City‘ clearly states the metamorphosis of a village named ‘ Gurugram ‘ to one of the busiest cities in Northern India, ‘ Gurgoan ‘
Book Cover: The cover image of the book is a picture of skyscrapers and modern buildings depicting a well-developed city in infrastructure.
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Inside the book:
In this book, the author has put forward the facts and figurines of a village changing to a city. This also amplifies the political reasons behind the changes that occurred. Also, a part of the book is dedicated to the ancient history of the city.
What I like:
1. An honest attempt that showcases happiness and at the same time anguish when changes happen at a larger level.
2. The emotional turmoil of certain sections of people is scripted very well in the book in the form of some incidents.
3. The difference in making the public understand what real development is.
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What I didn’t like:
1. At a personal level when I don’t belong to the Northside of the country, it took a while to induce myself into the emotion of a city. But the author’s narration has helped me in understanding the transition every citizen has gone through.
2. Somehow I felt that the author has failed to present before the readers the limitations of a city when developed only at a superficial layer.
A fine narration is found in the book.
Language & Grammar:
Good language and fine grammar are used.
My Final Verdict:
A one-time read.
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Book Title: 3/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Language & Grammar: 3/5
Final Rating: 3/5