Thursday, July 21, 2005

The English have gone, but....

Remeber the scene in 'Pretty Woman' where Julia Roberts goes into the swanky clothes store and gets politely thrown out, because they serve only a certain elite clientele, and she certainly didnt fit that profile. i remebered it too, a few days back....
The city has got itself a new eatery, perfectly located at the most happening mall here... the name of the restaurant is that of the first 'real' train that ever ran in India,and they have a theme that matches it, complete with a section that looks like the inside of a railway carriage, and bells which are sounded regularly, followed by announcements.. the music,is of course, instrumental, thankfully old hindi tracks... and thats enough of description..
So, we landed up at the reception, partially wet from the rains which insists on keeping me company these days, where we were met by a very neatly dressed lady... we were given a 'top to bottom' appraisal and obviously we werent impressive enough (well, what can a faded jacket, denim, a beard without a moustache for company, and a 'got wet in the rain' look muster!!), for she politely said that we would have to wait for at least an hour before she could get us a seat... nice try, ma'am!!
to be fair, there was a crowd there, and i would have been happy if that was the reason.. but the guys have taken the ambience very seriously, and were behaving with us, exactly the way the English used to, with a contempt underlying all words and actions...
once upon a time, we got the British to do it to us, but these days, we do it all to ourselves!!
until next time, i guess its only food... for thought...

36 comments:

PseudoFreud said...

What city? whats the jopint called?

PseudoFreud said...

BTW awesome template design :)

Deez said...

reminds me of an old hindi doha, which says - dont go where u r not welcome, even if gold rains there!!

nobody needs to dine in such a snobbish place.

until next time....dinner by invitation only :))

Pixel8 said...

some serious superiority complex these ppl have!

Anz said...

How one dresses is their choice and u weren't planning to ask those people for a free meal you were going to pay for it...well agreed that clothes maketh a man but its not necessary that one has to be prim n "propah" to get an entry to a food joint...Snobs and nothing else is what i would call them...btw which place is this and where?

M a D a N said...

Sounds like a 5-star 'thattukada'...

Richa said...

NOW this wont happen in mumbai ever. that is why i have grown to love this town . it doesnt judge you by the way you are dressed.

vaise did you finally eat there or not ?

phatichar said...

That's bad...maybe you guys can take sweet revenge by turning up every other day..accompanied by rain. :)

Pallavi said...

What is the name of the place "? and yes I got the same feedback on That Italian restaurant in Koramangala... Phioranos I think... Was entertaining the GORA customers and treating the natives like dirt GRRRR

Arunima said...

aw that sucks!!

where was it? Feel like shooting them down.

manuscrypts said...

pseudofreud: ah, people have got sued for lesser things they blogged about.. so i have purposely not mentioned anything :)

deez: u r getting damn good at this, maybe i'll let you fill it from now :)

manuscrypts said...

pixie: and i for one, wont fuel it further!!

anz: xactly my point!! if i am the damn customer, and am paying for it, i dont c why they have to discriminate!!

manuscrypts said...

madan: very much!!

sanguine: did!! the funny part was we got in after 15 mins... so obviously it was a polite way of saying 'u aint welcome'

manuscrypts said...

phatichar: next time, i 'm wearing a tshirt, shorts and chappals..

pallavi: like i said, angrez to gaye, par....!!

sqrl/nt said...

Wierd..I mean obviously, if you came in there you have the money right? Why the hell would any one throw out money?!creeps.

GratisGab said...

Take all your friends, all wet and drippy and barge in. Then look around, shake your heads and barge out. Do this as often as possible :)

satchit said...

Ironically I had an experience of the opposite kind last Saturday. I went to this fancy looking restaurant, where I was to meet a friend. Got totally drenched on the way. As my friend had not yet arrived, I was planning to wait outside. But the people at the restaurant asked me if I wanted to wait inside. :-). But to add to what you were saying, many of the newly opened places have signs like 'Right to Admission Reserved' which feels very pre-1947 like. Its quite unfortunate. btw, the restaurant above had that sign too.

blokes said...

power to my gramma! SHE refused herself admission into ANY restaurant! She didnt consider them kosher enough to serve her!haha! She would always have her flattened rice (poha/aval) and eat that. I am slowly getting there too.

Poornima said...

The English have gone but they've left behind a snobbishness and pretentious bunch of values huh?

manuscrypts said...

arunima: hey, enough clues to let u guess the place :)

sqrl/nt: the perfect balance of snobbishness and greed, thats the idea!!

manuscrypts said...

gabby: lol, now that i'd love to do!! :)


satchit: there are a few nice guys out there, but as an industry i guess its snobbish..

manuscrypts said...

blokes: that is a very grandma trait!! :)

poornima: yexactly, wonder why we carry the baggage!!

Deez said...

i realize its becoming a habit, but is always inspired by urs....

Parna said...

totally sucky Manu. should have hollered murder. really! we did that once in a 5 star hotel which refused to serve us coffee just cause we did not ask for some food. heck! we were not even asking for booze, which i understand from people perspective. we created a ruckus and spoke with the manager. made them serve us coffee. complimentary. wasn't all that comfortable post the ruckus. but we got heard :)

manuscrypts said...

deez: not a bad habit at all. one of these days, i see myself changing the line, and putting on yours :).. as they say, sometimes the inspired is better than the inspiration...

parna: i merely said i would wait for one hour if i had to, and sat, all wet, on their plush leather sofa :)

Stone said...

I pity such people..now even more coz' of -ve publicity they've got from this blog :-)

pearl said...

I have a slightly different take on this. See, it is this way, we have to understand that certain places follow certain rules. One is NOT supposed to wear denim for a formal black tie sit down dinner.Don't temples in south India ( Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Tvm, Guruvayoor, for instance) insist on a proper dress code ?

manuscrypts said...

stone: i didnt want them to, so i have refrained from taking names..

pearl: agree, but formal dinners are by invitation and the dress code is clearly specified.. and as for temples, we are devotees there.. in a restaurant, i am a customer, paying for the meal i am about to have.. isnt there a difference??

pearl said...

I was in no way trying to justify their action. what they did to you was improper and rude.

silverine said...

Well..restaurants do have their dress rules and if everyone else has no problem adhering with it then I guess we should leave it at that.

Mirage said...

That's weird...and stupid!

Anonymous said...

sue them.
brrr...(trying to keep that temper flash down)
forget it manu- they are just not worth your time . or your custom
austere

Nupur said...

Woooaahhh!
What do I see here... not one but two -three posts with personal reference? Manu - tumko kua hua? I always thought you never wrote about yourself/family/experiences in direct referrence to urself due to some privacy law!! :P

What can I say - I am shocked!

-----
Achha achha...after all the drama.

Man.. these people - they are sad. Thats all I can say~!

manuscrypts said...

pearl: but a different thought nevertheless :)

silverine: which they should announce beforehand, in the same ad where they invited people to check out their fare..

manuscrypts said...

mirage: absolutely!!

austere: :)

manuscrypts said...

nupur: they are still only references, and set as an example to put across a point.. have realised that totally impersonal posts can become cold and uninteresting.. so what can i say.. you live, you learn :)