of Ecstasy, with the Madding Crowd
was my hip and trendy cousin Riya, fresh from a throbbing life in
Mumbai who came out with a rather opinionated statement--"there's
not much of nightlife in Kolkata". And there stood I, the
sucker for the tastes and essences of Kolkata, glaring at her ignorance
of the new avatar it has come up with. "Well", I grinned,
"if City Center, the plush Shoppers' Stop or Metro Plaza has
not taught you what a metamorphosis our city has gone through, you
had better jived out at one of our discotheques to eat up what you
uttered right now!"
fact, what we wanted was an out-and-out experiential fun event.
And in our quest, we landed up in "Tantra", the
idyllic hotspot of lovers and pals, foot-tapping teenyboppers
and lustful party-animals. The
electrifying dance floor at Tantra was
hot, reflecting enough of style, panache and oomph. My cousin
Riya was flattered to see the hippest crowd of Kolkata dance
into the wee hours, which, in a way pampered her flamboyant
lifestyle. Cherishing the coquetry and live music, I went
on tapping my feet at the celebrated hub, the Mecca of the
DJs and VJs performing at each weekend. Being in the media,
I had already swallowed plenty of juicy scoops of how and
why "Tantra" happens to be a plain titillating experience
and a provoking "singles' corner" for umpteen members
as well as non-members.
girls I knew keep harping on how lucky they have been to bump into
their "prince charmings" at the dance floors. And
there I was, tasting every bit of the bragging clubbing circuit
of the City of Joy, wild party animals rocking the disc floors,
DJs spinning the turnables, and last, but not the least, hot models
creating a stir with their plunging tops tickling male fantasies.
All these make for good scoop for the illustrious Page 3's, huh?
And coupled with a glimpse of a hot celeb action, who can say, the
next MMS story may originate right over here?
apart, what I liked in particular that night at Tantra was
an amazing ambience to replicate the abundance of fun and
frolic existing in Kolkata, the proverbial City of Joy. Besides,
there were the custom sound systems tailor-made to suit the
required ambience in each area. With a superb dance floor
perfect for some wild partying, it was great to see the go-go
dancers add color and gaiety to the mélange of green and orange.
We had gala time with a classic selection of wine and beer
at the Onyx Bar, while I really regretted not being
a member of the Bodhi Bar, which frequenters say, is
said and done, we witnessed an upsurge of young souls, with a song
on their minds, a spring in their steps, while some money was still
there in our wallets. Swinging legs until four in the morning, I
chuckled while my beautiful cousin ate up her words and acknowledged
that this dance club attracts the city's hippest crowd. "Kolkata
has really grown up, you see", was all I said.
Contributing Author: Lopa Bhattacharya - An aspiring
creative writer in various genres including literature, arts and
the media. Currently working for a web design and application development
firm in Kolkata, West Bengal, India as a content developer. Worked
on numerous SEO copywriting projects on varied themes ranging from
travel, hotel industry, photography, web design and software development
to US-based clubs and network communities. Also worked with a state
level NGO as their trainee communication executive. Presently working
on a freelance basis for a lifestyle magazine named "Exhibit"
(published from Delhi) and contributing articles on women, art,
culture, human interest etc. in various small publication houses.
Writing poems and short stories is my passion.