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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.

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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.

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Behind the gate, a mansion paid for by sales of school books published by the Mohan Book Depot.

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Closer in, there are many hundreds of apartment buildings for middle-class Indians.

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Retailing is still on a comparatively primitive level, even by Asian standards, but the icons and the language are international.

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So are tastes.

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The inventory doesn't pass muster, but the intention is to address an audience educated overseas, either formally or informally.

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In Ansal Plaza, Delhi finally has its first proximal shopping center. 

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Lessees include Polo, L'Oreal, Gucci, Burberry, and Nike. The McDonald's is one of perhaps 30 in the city.


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