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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
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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 like social cesspools today. Obscene places of confluence where oil slicks and affluent effluents, yahoos and yokels, of all persuasions, compositions, complexions converge. Where Johnnys-come-lately (as in yesterday/ day before/last week!) congregate to live through their five-star fantasies of The Good Life. Fantasies they saw their childhood idols—blond-bewigged Ajits, beehive bouffanted Padma Khannas, sneering Prem Cho-pras and Buxom Bindus—enact in Bollywood celluloid sagas. How they ached then to be That-Bond-In-The-Blue Waters who slinkily swam to the edge of the pool to nibble at the hors d'oeuvre, sip at canned beer, speak into the sleek cordless, swim next to the hourglass figurewali with the bluer-than-the-blue-water contact lenses...

They're no longer yearning....

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