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Network capital: clubbing in Delhi

Ridhima Shukla, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 28, 2013
First Published: 03:22 IST(28/9/2013) | Last Updated: 03:24 IST(28/9/2013)

With all the hype around the Gymkhana elections and a not so easy to obtain membership, Delhi’s staid clubs are piled up with applications of keen clubbers who want to join the elite class of networking Delhiites. Plenty of closely guarded doors, from India International Centre to Indian Habitat Centre, are thronged by the city’s power players who come here to relax, talk business, and network.

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Distinguished social clubs like Gymkhana and Chelmsford Club have been around for over 100 years and are highly sought after with a waiting period of at least three decades. What with a chance to rub elbows with famous personalities, good food and amenities, the long waiting lists are no deterrent for eager clubbers. But all these perks are, for most, just out of reach.New clubs and meet-ups which have come up in the city are a boon to many who want to interact the traditional way and unwind after a long week. From locality-specific clubs to weekly meet-ups, there are many conclaves that might just have you as a member.

Clubs

DLF City Club
Started in 2003, it is a neighbourhood social club which provides wholesome entertainment and helps the members connect with theirneighbours.
Look out for: Pool café, steam room, saloon & spa, tennis court, multicuisine restaurant and cards room.
Where: DLF localities in Gurgaon.
Membership Fee: Rs. 50,337 per year.

Jahapanah Club
Started in 1998, it is nestled in the vicinity of the historical Tughlakabad Fort.
Look out for: sports outlets, tambola every Saturday, cultural events and rummy room.
Where: Alaknanda, Kalkaji.Membership Fee: `3.5 lakh plus tax.

Sports and Cultural Club, Noida
Started in 1993, it provides all the usual leisure-time activities and is one of the poshest clubs for Noida residents.
Look out for: state-of-the-art gym, library, card rooms, tennis and badminton courts, a swimming pool where district-level competitions are held
Where: Sector 15, Noida.

Panchsheela Club
Started in 1969, this is another neighbourhood club which organises various activities and cultural shows.
Look out for: a resto-bar with an audio-visual entertainment system, e-library, billiards room, food festivals and musical nights.
Where: August Kranti Marg, Panchsheel Park North, Panchsheel Park.
Membership Fee: Rs. 600,000 for a nominal member.

Meet-ups

Links and Drinks
Started in 2013, it is about making new connections and networking over some drinks in different places around the city. The members vary from entrepreneurs, professionals, business enthusiasts as well as graduates.

Delhi Entrepreneurs Network
Started in 2012, it is a free to join networking group for entrepreneurs, business owners, self employed professionals and investors.

I am Happy Club
Started in 2009, this is for those who want to socialise with happy people. The aim of the group is to help members focus on happiness and to spread it around.

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