Sunday, January 9, 2011

Night out-Dubai's African attraction


I decided to check out on nightlife in Dubai and landed in an Asian country club (Not India) along with three friends.
“What will you have?” asked my host.
“Fruit punch.”
“You come here to ask for fruit punch,” he mocked, while the music started. A group of full-clad, sad girls on the stage left me not-so-glad, while a singer screamed.
“Do you want to have a taste of African culture?” asked my host, seeing my disappointment, and I readily agreed.
We moved to the ground floor, where an African band was performing and another group of eight African girls adorned the stage.
From the word go, the songs, ambience and smiles took me by pleasant surprise. We repeatedly cheered the singers and they became equally ecstatic. So much so, that an African singer took the mike and declared, “Here’s an Indian song for our Indian friends.” He went on to sing “Dil de diya hai…(Given my heart)” Bollywood song, and we started dancing and cheering louder. Some of the girls on stage repeatedly flashed “Namaste,” making us feel more homely.
Various African folk forms were enacted and the girls changed their attire according to the traditions.
There was no vulgarity in both the places.  
Bill? Don’t ask me. I will faint if asked to pay.

22 comments:

  1. Good to hear that you had a great time.

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  2. Enjoyed and swayed to the music.... Good Ramesh, It is a good change for you.

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  3. Wow. That is nice to know. Loved this post.

    By the way, I can hear Bollywood songs in Chinese restaurants too though no one over there understands Hindi.

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  4. Hope my comment got registered

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  5. guess you let your hair down. Thats nice. What was the bill? :-P

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  6. Africa, Arabia, India - blending cultures. An example of global village. Nice to know they had a good knowledge of India.

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  7. ha ha.....I am scared to even think about the Night Life in Dubai.Bill is only a part of it! :D

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  8. good good. and bollywood touche sounds even better! should have posted some pics!!!!

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time! And glad you didn't have to foot the bill :P

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  10. feels good when someone from a different culture knows about yours and respects it...glad to know you had a good time..and i agree with SEPO that you should've posted some pics..

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  11. When man will settle on the moon,he will see a Kerala tea stall playing Hindi sings.
    Incidentally, how much was the bill?

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  12. I enjoyed reading this itself, Ramesh! It must have been a happy occasion!

    We feel happier when we hear our language outside our country, always!

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  13. When was the last time you paid the bill? :):)

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  14. Looks like you had lots of fun!

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  15. hindi songs much more soothing, when u r away frm India.

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  16. That was probably the most expensive fruit punch, eh...haha...glad you had a good time!

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  17. the culture is very much different... you must have had a wonderful time :P pity the guy who paid the bill :P hehhehe

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  18. hmm....world is vast and every day we explore it a bit and find it even more intresting...

    good to read that you had a good time !

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  19. Thanks for sharing, its pretty cool. This year I'm looking forward to take a break and enjoy nature as I go for vacation, well maybe after I find some Texas Ranch For Sale. Anyway I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

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