Mid Town Musings: January 2015

My Fellow Rotarians,

Does ‘stylebhai’ ring a bell?

Narendra Modi, the man who has made a style statement with his Movado watches, Bvlgari frames to Montblanc pens. Nehru jackets, bandh galas… always well-dressed, befitting the occasion and the gathering. This is how the world looks up to a well-dressed leader who visits and addresses gatherings, parliaments.

How about following his example and restoring the glory of Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town?

There was a time when we walked into our meetings at the Taj — which itself is an icon and we are proud to be meeting there — dressed chic in a tie and jacket. I joined the club in 1996 and looking at all the well dressed folks around me felt so nice and classy, and fell into the groove of dressing well. One of the senior members appreciated it and told me that it is always good to be dressed formally with a tie and jacket and that I could be summoned to introduce the speaker or propose a Vote of Thanks at short notice.

Shall we take a cue from this and, taking advantage of the weather, dress in tie and jacket? Dress code is very important — and a requirement when you visit clubs and the race course — so why can’t we follow a dress code in our Rotary? Every Wednesday I am very excited that I will be attending our Rotary meeting and, from the previous night, start planning my wardrobe with coordinated accessories, shoes, belt, etc. In fact, you may even laugh, but that’s the day I take extra care while grooming my hair, colouring it, to go with a a nice clean-faced look; I even get a manicure/pedicure! A leader sets the culture, and in this case, for one year (six months left) I want to set a culture.

7th January was the official visit of the District Governor. District officers usually appear at the OCV in suits and ties, at least in a prestigious club. Do we want to look out of place in our own club?


Sincerely, in Rotary,
President Mohan Lalvani

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