Advertisement
Monday, Sep 27, 2021
Outlook.com

Creatures That Crawl

Oil slicks and affluent effluents, yahoos and yokels, that's what floats in today's social cesspools—the watering holes of the concrete jungle

Creatures That Crawl
Creatures That Crawl
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

TIMES were when pools were water bodies rather than watering holes. Places you went to not so much to exhibit as to exercise. Sure there was che che quotient. Ye Olde Defense Services Clubs, the bridge-players-conclave variety of genteel, charmed circle clubs peopled by the pipesmoking "Uncle Andy's" and chic-coiffed, french chiffon and pearl-clad, cigarette holder-wielding "Aunty Pam's" was where you always wanted to be. Nobody one knew, for instance, was breaking doors to get into Municipal or Railway Club pools sans filters or the minimal maintenance and hygiene one felt was mandatory in the water one sometimes swallowed, other times plain wallowed in. And chances were the girls would always be better looking at the Gymkhana rather than the Ghatside pools. No value judgement there but just an instinct followed and often validated. For the rest, young and old alike were content to gambol in clean water, have some clean good fun. Like we said, those were different days: when water bodies were not watering holes.

No longer. Pools are more...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh': How King Khan Impacted Women's Aspirations In India

'Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh': How King Khan Impacted Women's Aspirations In India

Author Shrayana Bhattacharya has been investigating women's employment across different sectors and found how, Shah Rukh Khan had an impact beyond Bollywood films.

UP Cabinet Expansion: Half A Dozen MLAs Likely To Take Oath, Backward And SC Fraternity May Get Preference

UP Cabinet Expansion: Half A Dozen MLAs Likely To Take Oath, Backward And SC Fraternity May Get Preference

The number of votes of backward and SC/ST fraternities in the state is very high and that is the primary reason why BJP is giving preference to them.

'Sixth-Time Lucky' For Harshal Patel

'Sixth-Time Lucky' For Harshal Patel

RCB bowler removed Hardik Patel, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar off successive deliveries to claim a hat-trick.

Cyclone Gulaab Likely To Make Landfall By Midnight, Red Alert In 7 Odisha Districts

Cyclone Gulaab Likely To Make Landfall By Midnight, Red Alert In 7 Odisha Districts

Cyclone ‘Gulaab’ is likely to move westwards and cross the north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coast around. Wind speeds could reach 75-85 km/hr, gusting up to 95 km/hr, during landfall.

Advertisement