In the first month of reaching Dubai, we friends went to Barasti bar in required party wear e.g. shoes, jeans shirts and T-shirts, shaven etc etc. Doorman said “only for pairs”. We said ‘our girlfriends are already in’; we were told call them out and then you can enter. We called them and were waiting outside. The wait outside was the trigger for this wish. [On a lighter note – I do not have a ‘girlfriend’ but yes ‘friends those who are girls’]

I critically observed the operation of the doorman. By the time our friends came out I observed few things. One, roughly four groups of people went inside. Each group had average four members. Few were in their car, parked their car somewhere and walked toward the Barasti gate. Those were coming from a nearby residence (this is my guess, owning a car and their outfits).

The teasing and striking part is this. Those groups going in were wearing – floaters [instead of shoes], 3/4th [instead of jeans or pants] and sleeveless [instead of T-shirt or shirts], all were male (perhaps male pairs in the language of the Doorman of Barasti). There was only one group which was 3 males and 1 female. Why were they allowed, I asked myself and to my friends. The only possible reason to let them enter was – skin color. They were European or American ‘white’. We waiting outside were brown skin [on ‘von Luschan scale’ 21-28].
I decided not going to Barasti in future, my friends are liberal they are giving a chance to Barasti to be ‘racially neutral’ for a better tomorrow. My friends are celebrating New Year at Barasti. I wish for the year 2011, organizations, places and societies become more liberal. I am not saying all are as Barasti – discriminating. There are a few who may still be functioning such that the term – ‘Racist’ still exist in the English Dictionary.

It was my maiden experience to go to a bar or night club. Oh yes! Eventually we went inside as our ‘girlfriends’ came out.

I wrote my experience with due respect to all of us and our skin colors, trust you would not mind it. I showed a mirror to myself, trust we also saw ourselves. The thoughts presented in the blog are based on my experience; I am not on one side or the other. In my opinion, in the battle of mind and opinions we – human beings – are on the same side. We need to face the mindset and move towards a direction wherein equality is the name of the game. At times I feel we all are on the same side, still we fight.

My wish for the year, organizations, places and societies become more liberal and racially neutral.

KRD Pravin

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kids math games · January 5, 2011 at 4:53 am

pass it on

johnny · January 11, 2011 at 5:18 am


satish · January 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

hummm even i had same experince couple of time .. but its part and parcel of life .. one day whole world will become one .. thats what krishna said in bhagvat gita …. here krishna means not god means center of consiousness 🙂 but you can name it either. nam mein kya rakha hai 🙂

TarunKush · December 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hey pravin,

I understand reasoning, but if I retrospect, I find their actions very reasonable. Every club would want more footfalls which convert into dollars. Indians majorly dress and look like mediocre crowd. If u had worn an Armani or Versace I am sure no body wud have denied you entry. Well I agree it was not right to stop us, but sure this is the final check which makes sure there is a balance of mediocre crowd and high class plus the club looks full. “Goras” supposedly spend more and attract more Gora crowd and further crowds. Guess I cud analyse this well.

    KRD Pravin · January 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Agree with you Tarun… your analysis makes business sense 🙂

    But now is the time that people understand that Indians – there – are earning and have disposable income in hand. Anyways none of my business (my business was a human business to write about that non sense I felt)

      TarunKush · January 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Hey Pravin, completely agree with you. With time changing that day isn’t far when there will be equality everywhere in treatment of all fellow beings.

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