When Udai was about two years old, we had had our full of Gurgaon’s malls. We barely ever go unless to eat or buy something specific. This Friday, we decided to try the ice skating rink at the Ambience mall in Gurgaon. And we weren’t disappointed.
It’s well organised and wasn’t crowded. You need a pair of socks and you can either carry your own or buy them. The ankle sorts won’t do, you need the regular longer sports socks. You rent skates and you’re all set! The hour plus experience costs Rs 400 plus taxes per person.
The younger kids (they allow kids above three) had a ball! We rented a penguin for them (rental Rs 150), essentially a life size doll with handles they can hold on to so they don’t slip on the ice. Aadyaa promptly went off careening all over the place! Was a treat to watch. The rest of us started with holding the edges and taking tentative steps on the ice. Scary to feel that loss of control but exhilarating when you learn to let go. Udai turned out to be the best of us despite never having ice skated before. He was on the go in about ten minutes and skated the entire hour, picking up speed and improving his control as well. Rahul and me had tried this some twelve years ago in Houston, so we got the hang of it after a bit. I tried to spin around in place and fell on my bottom, which is also a part of the experience. A bunch of young boys skating with us seemed to be having more fun bumping into each other and falling than trying to keep their balance!
All in all, an active and fun outing. Highly recommended for those who like to try new things and don’t mind falling! Don’t worry, there are efficient marshals skating with you who help out and pick you up when you crash. Do carry a light jacket though even if you go in summer. It’s chilly in there unless you are really skating around. It’s good exercise and I thought it was worth the money for a healthy fun family experience.
Delhi’s night life isn’t much to talk of, but the last few years have seen an upswing in the culture of live music. When Blue Frog came to Delhi, and it was this cool place we had heard of or been to in Mumbai, we really wanted to go. After many months of thinking about it, the visit came to pass today thanks to Elvis. Yup. Bryan and the Bandits were performing a tribute to the king of rock and roll. And Rahul wasnt about to pass up a chance ti hear Elvis hits!
We rounded up a bunch of enthusiasts, young and not so young and proceeded to have a good time!
I can write reams on the too well heeled Delhi crowd trying to sway politely to Jailhouse rock. But despite the thin crowd, there were some true Elvis lovers and many retro lovers and done of us who thoroughly enjoyed shaking a leg!
In my book, Blue Frog Delhi scores a high fit being located right next to the Qutb Minar, one of the most striking and iconic pieces of heritage this city has. I can imagine an entire entertainment district coming up here. A pedestrianised hub of music bars, good food, stand up shows and the like. Could be a money spinner for the city and a great boost to tourism, even if they shut everything at midnight! Tonight, the Qutb was lit pink thanks to Plan India, in honour of the girl child’s rights which we are celebrating today.
A few days ago, I decided to park in the basement of a new, large mall in Gurgaon. When I say new, I guess it must be a year old. We give retail spaces a long birthing period here in Gurgaon now. Earlier, no sooner than a mall opened, shops would mushroom inside and it would become the latest hip destination for people from within and outside the city to hang out in, mostly without purpose!
So this ‘new’ mall, which is called MGF Mega City Mall and has Lifestyle as its anchor tenant along with SPAR Hypermarkets, looks like this…..
Here on Sohna Road, where I live, they continue to build retail space. A short stretch of about 3 kms now has 4 malls, only one of them with any decent level of occupancy. Its a depressing situation and I avoid going to malls like the plague (except to watch movies, because there is nowhere else to watch them!)!
Last Friday, a few of us families took our kids to the set of malls at Vasant Kunj. We did the very mall-y things like rides in the kiddie amusement center, spent time at the play area, walk around aimlessly, eat, check out the loos! I have to admit it was fun, mostly because of the company and because the malls had open shops in them, and people! Duh!