A Toast to Toto’s


A Toast to Toto’s

Illustration: Sushant Ahire / Arré



t was there before Bandra became hipster. It was there before Bandra became expensive. It was the first of its kind and until the end, it stayed one of its kind. It smelt of smoke before it was banned indoors, it smelt of sweat of the people streaming in, but it never stank of insecurity that millennials wear as a badge of honour. It wasn’t all swank and white and didn’t have stupid board games to keep you entertained. It didn’t offer you Wi-Fi. It didn’t care to be what you wanted it to be. It didn’t want to evolve, because it helped an entire generation to. It never let you dance. It was strict about the age limit. It was stricter about the loos and who used them.