Sunday, April 16, 2006

An evening at Mocha!

Having been given the looks by all and sundry when told that I had not been to Mocha (on Khader Nawaz Khan Road), I decided to check out the place last evening with a couple of friends. To start with the place was overflowing and the crowd comprised almost exclusively of kids (yea, that’s what they were…!!). A closer scrutiny of the dress sense of the guys indicated that I was quite out of sync with the current trends! Cargo trousers/shorts with a round neck tee, with a rudraksh mala and a baseball cap (worn reversed like Lleyton Hewitt) seemed to be the fashion for the guys!! And there was another one who wore a shirt which was a few sizes too small for him with half sleeves folded up even further. In fact, I was actually tempted to ask him if he had worn it when he was 10 :) Wiser counsels prevailed though! The intention seems to be to invite attention to the well toned muscles!! Reminded me of the times when some of my friends have poked fun at blokes from the country side wearing white veshti and shirt with the sleeves rolled up!! It appears that times have changed and what Mr.Muscles was wearing is the “in-thing”, considering the swarm of pretty young things around him! Another thing that one noticed is that use of the terms, machan and machi seems to be passé and its just dude and dudette these days!! As for the girls, suffice it to say that at the top, the necklines are plunging and at the bottom, the hemlines are rising!!

Moving inside Mocha, one is engulfed in a pall of smoke and is greeted by the sight of these kids in various states of trance (or feigning to be there)! The Hookah (or Sheesha, as they call it!) appears to be a big hit with the crowd. Many of the kids, who looked quite definitely under age to me, were enjoying a drag (The menu, however, claims that the sheesha is permitted only for those over 18!). One girl in particular seemed to be getting on quite a high, making me wonder if the hookah was merely a fruit flavoured one (as claimed) or something more than that!! Nevertheless, having taken in these “sights” and not wanting my lungs to give up on me, we beat a hasty retreat to the non-smoking section.

Inside, it is furnished like a scene from Arabian Nights. But the music that is played and the ambience don’t actually go well together. The service isn’t great either. The girl who served us was the most inept. Worst still she was wearing an apron one size too big and looked poised to trip over any moment and the cap she wore didn’t help either as it kept covering her eyes. May be she could have taken the lead from the dude outside and worn the cap like Lleyton Hewitt :) All said and done, she did have a great smile and certainly dished it out quite a bit!!

The tables, chairs and most things inside are up for sale and I must say they are quite pricey! One wonders, if we sat there for too long, they would have stuck a price tag on us as well :)

It was a rather amusing and entertaining evening nevertheless, one which was made enjoyable by my friends who kept up a non-stop banter. And most importantly, I did manage to remove the black-mark from my CV – that I had not been to Mocha, the most happening place in town :)

P.S: I tend to pay too much attention to detail and this ramble was probably due to that fault of mine!