24 November, 2020

Is Beige The New Brown?

India's 'exclusive' clubs still can't get over their Raj-era affectations

R. Prasad
Is Beige The New Brown?

Madras Club

  • Applicants have to go through as many as 4-6 meetings with committee members who assess suitability for membership
  • Children are not allowed in the club's main buildings or dining room
  • Especially difficult for politicians and filmstars to get membership
Delhi Gymkhana
  • Kurta-pyjama and Kolhapuri chappals not allowed
  • Applicants must attend an 'at home' where committee members can size them up. Pak high commissioner could not attend; his membership held up
  • Ayahs, members' domestic servants, cannot enter club buildings
Calcutta Clubs
  • Dhotis only allowed on Poila Boisakh and Bijoy...


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