Save-Your-Breast Stroke & Other Tips to Navigate a Public Swimming Pool

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Save-Your-Breast Stroke & Other Tips to Navigate a Public Swimming Pool

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

’T

was a vibrant summer – the laburnums were in full bloom, the mangoes hung low, and many a maiden was seen frolicking in the stream as their admirers flexed muscles nearby.

When a scene that belongs in a novel set in 18th century England, is replicated in 21st century New Delhi, it automatically feels like an icky ’80s Hindi film, in which some unfortunate lady will invite Gulshan Grover’s sleazy advances. Yet as a maiden frolicking for the first time in a public pool in South Delhi, I somehow imagined that I would simply waltz into those tepid waters in my modest swimsuit, and get some casual exercise. Instead I got good old ’80s sleaze, served up by men who looked vaguely like Shakti Kapoor.  

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