So I was browsing through the Bangalore Mirror the other day (don’t ask why!) and i casually look towards my left and my eyes fell on the classifieds page. Generally, most classifieds look the same to me. But there were a series of repetitions on this page that caught my attention.
I look closer and … (Well, I’ll post the photo when I get home because a photo does speak a thousands words)
More importantly, ads for “friendship clubs.”
“Namisha Net club” – Dosti, enjoyment with females (followed by numbers)
“Prachi Friendship club” – Hi-Fi females, college girls, models, housewife. Join+Earn 15,000/day.
“Ritu” hot Money Group – Reqd male for massage to rich…
So you get the idea.
This is an everyday average newspaper! Well, a supplement. But it still comes along with the paper with the quota of local, national and international news and some gossip and a lot of made up stuff too. The sort of paper which uncles, aunts, kids and everyone reads. And they are blatantly advertising for call girls in the paper? Does anyone find this hilarious?
Is this even legal? I mean everyone knows what these ‘friendship clubs’ are all about. Like we know what those ‘rich businessman seeking pleasant companion’ is all about. Or those ads on late night tv where a girl says you can call her to be friends.
In a country like India where sexuality is so repressed, it is hilarious to actually see such ads being openly displayed.
We had to pass through the city centre to get to the central railway/bus station when I was a kid. There was one particular road that led to it, covered with theatres, shops and old buildings. One never looked too close at the boards or attempted to read them unless you were looking for something in particular. Like, the sexual diseases clinic that actually read “Treatment for sexual diseases”. Or theatres that had innocuous looking posters that seemed like a movie you probably saw the listing for but when you looked closer, it turned out to be a slight play on the actual title. And perhaps the plot. Most of those places were so creepy that you’d wonder what sort of perverted and depraved people would go there.
Those there the days of … hidden sexuality. Now, it still continues to be repressed… but there are better openings for people to access them. All you need to do is open the newspaper.