Narendra Bisht
Outlook-Club Mahindra Happiness Survey 2011
Over The Rainbow
The Pink City is India’s most joyous; Ahmedabad, its saddest
COMMENTS PRINT
Special Issue: Happiness Special  Happiness Special
essay
Ever since GLIP, or the Great Leap Into Profit, our happiness has fused with the desire for unattainable objects and lifestyles
Ruchir Joshi
Among ordinary Indians
We had an eye out for happiness, and found it in poverty softened by hope, in struggle, in selflessness, and in self-absorption
Namrata Joshi, Sugata Srinivasaraju, Arpita Basu, Neha Bhatt
jus’ thinkin’
Perpetual happiness is a myth. It’s perfect in fits and starts.
Natasha Badhwar
the big measure
How do you quantify happiness in a diverse nation like ours? Growth levels, value-based structural changes, what can affect it?
Lola Nayar
et cetera
From those who have it to those who don’t, nobody seems to be happy. Why? Because happiness is relative.
Neha Bhatt, Pragya Singh
Happiness Special
A happiness edition

Tamey sukhi cho? For all that talk about its superb infrastructure and its work ethic, about the virtues of vegetarianism and of abstinence, and, of course, the sheer presence of Narendra Modi and Mallika Sarabhai, the denizens of Ahmedabad are India’s unhappiest city-dwellers, an opinion poll conducted by Outlook-Club Mahindra has found. Asked ‘Are you happy?’ only 8.8 per cent of (Ahmedabad-based) respondents said they were ‘very happy’; 42.1 per cent said they were ‘happy’. The 51 per cent total is the lowest among the 16 cities polled. To put this into context, the national average for happy urban people was 85.5 per cent. For the record, Jaipur tots up the maximum happiness, with a staggering 97 per cent of respondents saying they are happy.

On another front, respondents from Ahmedabad are the most concerned about corruption: 92.1 per cent of respondents from there feel that corruption is ruining their happiness; they want the government to take major steps to reduce corruption. Interestingly—and not surprisingly, given the stellar role played by the state in the 2G scam—Chennai’s citizens are least concerned about reducing corruption. Such happy insights abound in this exhaustive poll, which includes a happiness and unhappiness index.

The Outlook-Club Mahindra poll was conducted by MDRA in 16 cities (four from each zone): Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna and Pune. A total of 2,014 respondents (men and women aged 25-50+ years) were polled using a structured questionnaire from October 15-22. As always, happy reading.


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COMMENTS PRINT
essay
Ever since GLIP, or the Great Leap Into Profit, our happiness has fused with the desire for unattainable objects and lifestyles
Ruchir Joshi
Among ordinary Indians
We had an eye out for happiness, and found it in poverty softened by hope, in struggle, in selflessness, and in self-absorption
Namrata Joshi, Sugata Srinivasaraju, Arpita Basu, Neha Bhatt
jus’ thinkin’
Perpetual happiness is a myth. It’s perfect in fits and starts.
Natasha Badhwar
the big measure
How do you quantify happiness in a diverse nation like ours? Growth levels, value-based structural changes, what can affect it?
Lola Nayar
et cetera
From those who have it to those who don’t, nobody seems to be happy. Why? Because happiness is relative.
Neha Bhatt, Pragya Singh
Happiness Special
A happiness edition

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