In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.

On Hauz Khas Road, at the entrance to the pedestrianised Hauz Khas Village, the guard (1)_________ the barrier asks you to halt and directs (2)_________ to the parking lot. It's 5 p.m. and the parking lot is nearly empty as shops are closed and there are (3)_________ any shoppers. There aren’t many people on the lane leading to the (4)_________ area either. This is unusual for HKV (as it is popularly Known) (5)_________ it is one of Delhi's popular shopping areas. Initially a hub for designer (6)_________ , the HKV experience (7)_________ a throbbing mix of cafes, art galleries, curio shops, gyms and, of course, fashion boutiques. The quirky neighbourhood was a hit (8)_________ with youngsters and tourists for its happening nightlife. These days however, night comes hours (9)_________ dusk at HKV as you can only see street dogs, security guards, a few takeaway joint managers and bored shop attendants (10)_________ to reach home early.

Question 176

Select the most appropriate option for blank no. 1.

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