Today I had lunch with my foreigner friends, who also have Indian husbands, at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Club. I’d been to a couple of clubs in Kolkata — the Saturday Club and the Tollygunge Club — so had some idea of what to expect.
However, the Breach Candy Club is an absolute haven. What really makes the club special is its setting, right on the seafront. I began wishing that I lived in south Mumbai, so I could go there often.
It’s not an easy club to get into though. Guests have to be signed in by a member, and then pay a 300 rupee entrance fee. The club’s membership is limited mostly to expats with foreign passports, and is by invitation only.
As a result, the environment is a comfortable one. There’s no need to worry about offending Indian sensibilities. Wearing a revealing bikini is totally acceptable there. No one even looks twice.
While we dined, the salty ocean air whipped our faces and tangled our hair. It was such a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Lunch was very reasonably priced too. The popular choice amongst us was fish and chips, for under 170 rupees a serve.
During the course of conversation, I discovered that one of the women attending the lunch has been living in Mumbai for 38 years. Amazing. To think of all the changes she must’ve seen.
All too quickly (after four hours) it was time to leave. I was dropped back to Mahalaxmi station, back to reality, ready to board a crowded train home to the suburbs.
What a contrast that was!