The grand white buildings of Kolkata’s colonial-era clubs have fallen quiet again. The virulent Omicron that has swept through the city, which is recording a weekly positivity rate of over 47 per cent, is keeping patrons away. Turnout is down to a trickle and home delivery right now seems to be the only survival strategy.
In other parts of the country, too, these uber-exclusive clubs — where membership waiting can sometimes run into decades and requires a robust personal profile and equally robust recommendations — are struggling to keep things running.
Take the example of Madras Gymkhana Club in Chennai. In September last year, when Sanjay Shroff took charge as president of the 135-year-old club, it was going through one of the