The club today is refreshingly unabashed and unpretentious: a colourful melange of old-world Bangaloreans in quest of a quiet drink and a read, and a cost effective networking space for professionals and business people.
Out on the tennis courts, young girls and boys go through their paces alongside sprightly and dapper veteran members whose form belies their age. On the lawns, the first of many sundowners are sipped thirstily; inside, there is a growing buzz - bingo (housie) players are calling out numbers; in the hallway, card players are settled in an intense session of rummy, whist and bridge. From the billiards table, there is a sharp satisfying crack of ball against cue.
The club cherishes traditions from the past: the annual May Queen Ball is part of its Anglo Indian heritage, conjuring wistful images of young girls in pastel dresses holding their dance cards. The presence of these pretty girls was a cause of much anxiety to the establishment of the Bangalore Club down the street! While Bollywood music and dance find more favour than waltzes, the girls are still as pretty as ever.
The club keenly promotes the sporting prowess of its members. It has the first ISO 9001-2000 recognition and boasts of 4355 members. From vegetable and grocery shopping to working out and getting groomed to hosting out of town visitors, the club has worked its way into the daily routine of its members.