Imagine enjoying your drink standing inside a massive sculpture that’s pulsating with loud music and laser lights. Now, imagine that sculpture in the middle of a river, on an artificial sandbar, created on reclaimed land. From a distance, you can see three big, brightly lit words — Love Passion Karma (LPK) — in the river. The signs’ reflections on the water reach all the way to a barge where I’m standing. This isn’t some nightclub I dreamt of. It is for real (located in a place called Nerul). And all I wanted when I visited it for the first time last week was for Mumbai to have something like this too. Unfortunately, this Nerul isn’t the one in Navi Mumbai, but in Goa. Sure, while making such grand wishes, I’m always reminded of how we live in a big, claustrophobic city. But even in Goa, LPK isn’t located in the middle of where all the action is.
It’s located at a distance and people don’t seem to mind travelling to get to it. I heard about the place from a friend, who despite having grown up in Goa, was introduced to it through a friend. “After you’ve been here once, you want everyone you know to come and check it out,” she said. The place delivers on that promise. Although it wasn’t the Bollywood music that brought her back to LPK (fair warning: it plays a lot of filmi numbers), she wanted us to see this bizarre architectural marvel, and especially the ladies washrooms here. The latter, well, because women have to go about their business facing the river through a huge gaping hole in the wall in front of them. I’ve seen whacky loos at bars (with trees and chandeliers inside, even), but this was truly a first. Coming back to the space argument, many sea-facing neighbourhoods near Mumbai (like Gorai, Aksa and Madh) have sprawling hotels that turn into party destinations occasionally.
I remember celebrating my birthday at one small shack on Gorai beach that is so close to the sea that it is actually inaccessible during high-tide. One of these locations could easily be the perfect venue for something like LPK, which, by the way, calls itself “India’s first superclub”. Mumbai’s counterpart needn’t be as insane, and it probably won’t have LPK’s ‘free entry and unlimited booze offer for women’ either, but it’ll be a gimmick nonetheless. And Mumbai loves gimmicks.