The Next Frontier

As growth slows in China and India, a fresh group of markets breaks out

Illustration by Oliver Munday for TIME

It's been years since the farmers left the farmhouses of Delhi, which are now weekend retreats for the upper class, playgrounds on the fringes of the city where unmapped dirt lanes suddenly open onto lavish mansions with sprawling gardens and water features. This is the Hamptons of India, where event planners will re-create Oscar night, Las Vegas, even a Punjabi village for the homesick, complete with waiters in ethnic garb. At one such extravaganza, I managed to chat over the pounding techno music with a 20-something scion of the farmhouse demimonde. He was a classic of the type--working for Dad's export...

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