Building a Dream

Real estate mogul K.P. Singh turns his vision of a modern, prosperous India into a $25 billion empire

Bharat Sikka for TIME

The DLF Gateway Tower in Gurgaon, India.

From the window of his ninth-floor office, Kushal Pal Singh looks down over New Delhi's Jantar Mantar, an elaborate astronomical observatory built by a far-sighted 18th century Hindu ruler. The stone curves and pillars of the observatory worked in conjunction with its massive sundial to measure time, forecast eclipses and determine the positions of stars and planets. The Jantar Mantar "gave me inspiration," says Singh, chairman of DLF, India's largest real estate company. "If this guy who conceived and made the Jantar Mantar centuries ago could be a forward-looking man, why is it that we can't be forward-looking in our development...

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