Notes on the Geography of Northern India: South Delhi
Although tourists are drawn to Delhi's historic monuments--and guidebooks hardly address anything else--there's also a huge, booming city that's got nothing to do with monuments of old.
Far out on the city's southern fringe, the wealthy have built hundreds of walled estates known, misleadingly, as "farms." Here, the gate to one.
Behind the gate, a mansion paid for by sales of school books published by the Mohan Book Depot.
Closer in, there are many hundreds of apartment buildings for middle-class Indians.
Retailing is still on a comparatively primitive level, even by Asian standards, but the icons and the language are international.
So are tastes.
The inventory doesn't pass muster, but the intention is to address an audience educated overseas, either formally or informally.
In Ansal Plaza, Delhi finally has its first proximal shopping center.
Lessees include Polo, L'Oreal, Gucci, Burberry, and Nike. The McDonald's is one of perhaps 30 in the city.
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