Disco-waale Khisko!

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Disco Ball Image:phuturelabs
Disco Ball Image:phuturelabs
Disco Ball Image:phuturelabs

It finally poured in Bangalore. I hear the clouds are doing their bit in Delhi and Mumbai as well. Sabko badhai ho!

My friends visited me from Mumbai this week and I felt that they just got some rain along. But what they also got were memories of the city I lived in for 28 years. My city – Mumbai. We were talking about how we never ‘got out’ that often like typical teenagers…or bunked class in college. What a waste.  I know.

Fire N Ice Disc Image: VirtualTourist
Fire N Ice Disc Image: VirtualTourist

But then my very first experience of a club can never be forgotten easily. Remember ‘Fire n Ice’? This is the time when Phoenix mall was not really a mall (that has 4 different wings) – it was just Phoenix Mills. Oh how cool it was to walk into a dark-dingy mill area and then step into this wonderful ‘disc’ with blaring music and ‘fundoo’ lights. I had gone there with my masi (the coolest chic I know till date) and she thought it was high time I experienced a ‘night out’. ( I was 16 I think) There were couples all around, some of them welcomed us with an X-rated kissing scene and other groups were dancing away to glory. After the initial awkwardness of ‘why is there so much smoke here’ and ‘I don’t have place to stand’ – we just rocked the wooden dance-floor for hours. I still hold it as one of the best dance-floors in India. It was just awesome.

Alas, gone are the days. Now people prefer to sit around and ‘lounge’. Where are the discs? Why can’t I find a place where I can just go and let my hair down? Some will argue there are some around… sorry I do not think one can get any satisfaction from ‘trance’ or ‘house’ music – as you could from a bollywood latka-jhatka or a hit English pop number if you are out to ‘dance’! A few places that do provide this expect you to wait around till 2 or 3 am for them to give you an hour of bliss. However, then there is the time restriction too. And also, you will be surrounded by teenagers all around and feel ‘out of place’ – frankly I get a culture shock myself sometimes when I see these teenagers out and about.

However, you would agree that the ‘night scene’ in Mumbai has changed drastically. Including how much it costs. They are opening and shutting at the speed of lightening. What happened to ‘Poison’? Others are just branded as pick-up joints and with a tarred reputation, business shuts. Remember Club XI? Or was it IX?

So the next time I am visiting Mumbai, where should I go and party? (Don’t say Red Box – It has loud danc-y music, but it is NOT a disc. Just a restaurant trying to be one.  Multiple personality disorder.

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Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.

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Divya Sharda
Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.