|Hari Singh Shekhawat|
Come September 29, Kiran Prakash will be off on a five-day vacation, to Dubai. On October 13, he would join the Club on a trip to Kerala that would cover Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Vembanad and Allepey. (Shekhawat had last led a 40-member group to these very places on February 2014.) The current trip has taken three months in organising.
While others are also drawing up their holiday plans, Karuna Waghmare returned today from a brief sojourn only to discover that president Mallika Kagzi had turned into a strict disciplinarian.
|Karuna Waghmare (standing) protests against imposition of discipline|
“Then why is she acting so bossy?” asked the lady who Bijoy Gupta has christened ‘Char-ana Aath-ana’ (after her role in the Annual Function play).
Predictably, she confronted Mallika once the exercises got over and gave her a mouthful. “What is all this?” she exclaimed. “At home we cannot laugh and joke because of our children. This is the only time in the day when we get to express ourselves freely. Now if you impose restrictions here on even talking, you are being grossly unfair.”
Karuna was merely voicing the sentiments of members, particularly ladies, for whom the Club is the only place where they get to ventilate their true feelings. Mallika understands that perfectly, but can do nothing about it: “I am damned if I impose discipline, I am damned if I am lenient. What shall I do?”