I am most grateful to you all for electing me as The President of The Bengal Club for the year 2018 to 2019. I accept this with great sense of pride, honour and humility.
The committee members and myself are planning an exciting year for you all. We are re-starting our monthly Gourmet dinners, wine and food pairing events, roof top barbeque, single malt and wine festivals. We are also contemplating to open a fully vegetarian restaurant with a separate kitchen, which would serve Rajasthani, Bengali, Gujarati, Continental and Oriental vegetarian delights. The initial response to this is overwhelming.
Personally I think there is a need to revisit the menu in our Oriental room. We plan to temporarily withdraw some of the less ordered items and replace them with more exiting dishes. They may be Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai or classical Chinese items.
You can look forward to many interesting club events; the first one is a dance opera, a fusion of Spanish Flamenco, Bulgarian Folk and Indian Classical dance, scheduled on 18th of August. Our Chef Peter has organised a great spread after that.I am sure all of you must have been impressed with the Library talks this year. We plan to continue the legacy with more innovative events.
Now that we have a well equipped sports lounge on the 2nd floor, a brain child of my predecessor, we plan to build strong bridge and rummy teams, billiards and chess teams and dart and cricket teams. Interested members should contact our CEO to enlist their names. Additionally, we are making arrangements for members and their children above 18, to learn billiards, snooker, darts or table tennis under the direct supervision of the state champions. This definitely will give another reason for the members to visit the club. In fact the card players have already started using it heavily. I shall urge the members, who have not seen this facility yet, to come and visit this splendid sports lounge.
Finally, for the first time, we are starting a research and analysis sub-committee. This committee will analyze the members’ preferences, pattern of usage and also address the members’ grievances, if any. The main committee will consider the recommendations made by this committee and will try to implement them as much as possible.
However, all our efforts will come to nothing unless you use the club as a ‘home away from home’.
Dr Tapas Raychaudhury