Why India seems short of sympathy for its middle class
SummarySorrows like dream homes worth crores going poof on builder failure are not seen as tragic enough
Nirvana Country is an almost beautiful island in the vast dismal ugliness of Gurugram. Some residents call it “Unitech’s folly" because the colony has broad tree-lined pathways, pretty parks with flower beds and little green mounds, and there are other hints of builder generosity, which is rare in India. Public life here appears to be good. Happy old men amble in groups talking about the importance of authoritarianism; their wives sit in a circle and sing; an American with a mohawk teaches teenaged girls karate; and some boys are so posh they can’t bowl. The place was even prettier about 15 years ago. So, at the time, when Unitech announced the making of Nirvana II, just a few kilometres away, hundreds rushed to book villas.