With a social life that's more active in our imagination than in real life, we girls decided we just had to see this place. What's the point of living in Cochin otherwise? It's like living in Tvm and not having seen the zoo!! It might not be a particularly pleasant/enriching experience but it's kinda mandatory. And believe me, Glow came with all the right recommendations--from the lounge manager who had left the rocking Tandav at Le Meridien to take charge here to 20-something friends who had come visiting from Bangalore and given the place the thumbs-up. So off we went, dragging reluctant husbands along and tucking even-more-reluctant (to stay home) kids into bed! We had visions of quaffing glasses and glasses of bright-hued cocktails, gyrating to earsplitting, hip music until 3 am and generally behaving like reckless teens with not a care in this world. Never mind that once we got there, we checked our mobile phones every ten minutes or so, expecting emergency calls from home about babies with colic, toddlers with fever and generally-unruly bigger 'uns. If the kids behaved well, we thought, we could get down to some dirty dancing.
The lounge was so-so (2 stars for ambience, 4 for interesting names for cocktails... would you like to get your hands on Pink Pussy or Silk Panties?); I would go for Loungevity anyday. All our eyes and hearts were on the clock, awaiting the witching hour... this time, 11pm, when the the doors to the dance floor would be flung open.
Too much hype and too many expectations dashing to the floor... that would perhaps best describe the music in there. There were only a few foot-tapping numbers that you actually wanted to dance to, and I can list them here: Hips Don't Lie, Gasolina, Singh is Kingg, Desi Girl and a couple more that I don't care to remember. And the place shut shop at a few minutes to 1 am, when the DJ was just getting into his groove!! The hotel people mentioned something about complaining residents in the neighbourhood and the like...
Should we have just gone to Tandav (where the only neighbours are the waves in the backwaters) that night? We had discussed that option after getting out of the lounge bar, before the disco opened. Would we have rocked our way into the lightening dawn? With our luck?? Unlikely.
N.B. Am gonna check my 'clubbing compatibility' on tarot.com before I venture out into the night again. Incidentally, you can check your compatibility with almost anything in the world, from your spouse to your baby to your sibling to your pet on that site. Lay out the deck, please. ;)