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Friday, June 10, 2005

Chp 39. Sonargachi!

Finally, after much hesitation, I decided to check out what this Sonargachi is all about.

Sonargachi, the sex capital of the East, infamous for its prostitution and sleazy red light areas. Pick up a copy of the Newsweek or any other news magazine, and if there is an article about prostitution in India, I can bet my ass Sonargachi is mentioned in it. Tell any taxi driver “Sonargachi” and you can’t help notice a sly smile on his face.

I’ve been working here in Cal for almost 2 months now. I’ve seen places in North India that I’ve never seen before these past two months. But Sonargachi, which lies right here in the very city I go to Office everyday, has never passed before my eyes. Everyday I tell myself, “Kima, just for the heck of it, go see what’s it like”.

So one fine day, I left Office early, took a long drag on my cigarette and then told the taxi driver to go to Sonargachi. He smiled. I didn’t.

While on the way, the driver looked at me and asked whether he’ll wait for me! I was about to tell him that I just wanted to see what the place is like and I’m not going there to “do it”, but then, I realized it sounded so lame and he’s never going to believe me, so I just said we’ll see.

Even when I’m with friends, now and then, the topic on Sonargachi would spring up. Some of my friends even tease me not to go over there too regularly (typical guy’s talk). Well, here I am, about to see my first red light district.

Got into a conversation with my driver. He told me Sonargachi is situated right on the main road. And the name of that road is Mahatma Gandhi Road. How ironic! :)

He turned to me and said we’ve reached. As soon as we passed a petrol pump, for the first time in my life I saw prostitutes. Thousands of them. All lined up on the pavement luring customers with their charm.

I was disappointed. Utterly disappointed like Hell. They were nothing like what I expected to see. Maybe I’ve seen too many Hollywood movies. Coz here I am expecting to see prostitutes in laced stockings, 8 inches high heels, mini skirts revealing more than what’s necessary, black leather jacket over a teeny weeny blouse or spaghetti, deep red lipsticks and black eye liner over-done around the face and swinging a black leather hand bag wildly while chewing a gum.

Nah. They were nothing like that. A majority of them were wearing saris and salwars while a few of them were dressed in tees and jeans. And the ones wearing jeans, man, I couldn’t help notice that their jeans were so out dated. Most of them were wearing those 80’s jeans type that goes tight around the ankle and making their asses look so flat. And a whole bunch of them had too much make-up on, making them look so horrible.

As we drove past them, my dear driver who seems to be enjoying his time here, slowed downed a bit. The moment he slowed down, hundreds of these girls ran towards my taxi! I screamed at him to drive on!

Very soon we drove past the place and I told him to take a U turn and we’ll go home. He turned to me and ask whether I was not interested so I told him the truth that I just wanted to see the place. He then told me that if that was the case, then, the main Sonargachi is inside the alley from M.G.Road. and he’s willing to show me around for free!

What the heck. So we parked the car on the other side of the road after making a U turn and made our way INTO Sonargachi. As we crossed the street, he told me that the girls I saw are 50 bucks girls. I was like, what the fuck, you get girls for 50 bucks???? That’s even cheaper than the amount I spend on cigarettes everyday.

He told me that there are much better girls inside. There are 100 bucks girls, 500 bucks girls, and even 5000 bucks girls! Whoah. I asked him how many times he’s been here and he just laughed. Man can you ask for a better driver than this? He’s God sent!

As we walked into the alley, he told me not to make any eye contact with the girls or they will rush towards me. That, my friend, was a bit difficult to do. But yeah, I did try not to look at all these girls surrounding me and waiting to have sex )

Inside Sonargachi, there were buildings after buildings, which my driver told me were places where people do it. I saw a couple of guys, really mean looking and “dacoitic”, staring right at me (the tamilian word “rowdy” would best fit them). He told me that those guys are pimps and are here to see that no one makes trouble in their area. The more they stared at me, the harder I clutched my bag which had my lap-top inside.

As we passed a couple of buildings, the girls were getting more and more... sexier. Some of them were even really HOT! Those were definitely the 1G-5G girls. And there was nothing “prostitute” about them. They look just like those typical babes who you see at discs dancing seductively and flaunting their bodies. They knew how to dress up too. Nothing extravagant or over done. Man oh man, if my mind was any weaker, God knows what would have happened then.

Finally I told my driver I’ve seen enough and wanted to go home. He told me that most of the girls are inside the building and that a “madam” looks them after. LoL, sounds like one of those Jackie Collins novels. Much as I’d like to go inside one of these buildings, I remembered what one of my friends told me. He had done it with a hooker, and it seems in real life they do not scream out oohs and aahs. All they scream out is “Jaldi karo, jaldi karo”! LoLzzzz!!!!

As I drove past Sonargachi, I felt satisfied in a weird way. Finally I’ve seen what Sonargachi is about. Another point to strike out from my “List of things to do before I die”. )


Anonymous said...

are kamathipura, kalasipalya and kodambakkam also on your list??? :P

and yeah, the other long posts made interesting reading, especially on the last day of internship when i've had practically nothing to do.

Mihir said...

hopefully Amsterdam famous red light district will be a better sight :) and dont get ideas ... even my plan is same as urs :D

Mizohican said...

@ Wimpy: Heard of Kamathipura and Kodambakkam before. But Kalasipalaya? THE Bangalore Kalasipalaya? I never knew that. Is that where u used to disappear to on saturdays? :)

@ Mihir: Now i know why u wanna go to Amst! :) I have a funny feeling ur plan is NOT the same as mine :P

Jam said...

Hey there Kima,

Good for you that you managed to knock one of the items of "Things to do before I die" list.

Post that list on the blog, and let's see if any of us can help you with any more of the items on that list.


Nirav said...

Hey bugger... good that you've been there, and come out hassle-free... :) Otherwise I know people who have strayed into the area by mistake, and have been haggled by the whores and pimps into pumping out some money...specially if you wander into the central building.. called Neel Kamal

Anonymous said...

sonargachi on mahatma gandhi road? not ironic at all. apt. very apt. considering that gandhi is the only indian leader who has documented his trysts with the tarts. ref: "My experiments with truth". i guess he liked calling it "truth".hehe.
btw, isnt he called the "father" of the nation? i wonder why.. ;)

anonymousdudester said...

wow.. this is the most interesting MBA post I've ever read. Keep up the good work and please take me along next time. :) (to look only of course... huhuhuh...)

PowerYogi said...

glad you found the right taxi-driver ... and i just had my first red-light-district visit in amsterdam two weeks ago. i was 'told' that it was 50 bucks there too ... in euros that is :-)

Rikhi said...

read a lot about Sonargachi in many of the Indian books i often went through ... now ur one is obviously the most vivid of all ... good writing dude! and of course, good observation ..

Anonymous said...

very few guys would admit it openly that they went to sonargachi and of those who admit very few would confess that they just had a "look" around:)


wiseorotherwise said...

Woah!! Now, I wouldn't mind a visit to Sonargachi to "look around".

You've actually got me interested in the 1G-5G babes! ;)

Nay Nay, i'm just kidding! Good post, though.

Anonymous said...

d00d, you haven't updated your blog for a very long time nor have you replied to the comments others left. This is very unlike you. Are you still alive? Helllooooooooooo??????????

Anonymous said...

i think he has some submission to make,hence the delay

Anonymous said...

I think he has gone back to Sonagachi!!! *EVIL*

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virgochhas said...

hey...while a was a student in calcutta.. this sonargachi, it seems, is a walking distance from ma institute and ma guy frendz use to joke about it a lot....

a never get to know where it is...sala...a wud haf known ur going...we wud haf gone 2getha to see it..lolz.... :P

Mizohican said...

Well believe me, a lot of girls i know really wanted to check out the place too. Maybe when we both land up together in Cal i will take u there. Trust me, its a totally new experience. :D

virgochhas said...

hihiihihi.... y'know... as fa as wat i've heard about da place... dey sed u can get any kinda gal u wan...any age u wan....hehehhehe....

Mizohican said...

yeah so true. Its disgusting man... eeeeyeww!!! Thankgod I didnt see any Minors that day when I went to Sonargachi.

virgochhas said...

ya rite... thank The almighty God... or else... u won't be able to stop urself.... akekkekekkekekek :P

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saala lal ramnghak. i ho eeeee mai :P

virgochhas said...

eh!... u joke around with me and wen a joke with u a get to be tagged as 'ho' i phakar eeeeeeeeeee mai... :P

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