The Blue Lagoon Of Sector 38

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The Blue Lagoon Of Sector 38

Illustration: Akshita Monga/ Arré

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f you’ve ever passed by Fashion 2 Passion, a small booth in Chandigarh’s Sector 38 market, you’d never guess it was the place that pacified the raging hormones of hundreds of school and college students. The Fashion in the name was loosely justified by a couple of gaudy belts (white shiny leather straps with big western buckles) that gathered dust outside the shop. The Passion bit was what actually drove the business.

For a princely sum of ₹15, you could take home a porn star (in CD form, of course). The owner, the pimp to our youthful fantasies, was a young thin man named Tinu who had a slight overbite and a flock of hair on his forehead. Apart from renting out pornography, Tinu also ran a legitimate gift shop. This sometimes led to some logistical and communication issues. Often, youngsters throbbing with desire and desperation for a CD would have their designs foiled by a 60-year-old Punjabi aunty buying her grandson a birthday present. Such unforeseen obstacles left the boys tongue-tied in front of Tinu. They would awkwardly fidget around, hoping and praying that the aunty would leave soon.

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