Shuchi, a Cost and Service Manager with ICICI Bank says, “These ladies' nights are simply rocking, they help us reduce the stress.” When asked as to how often such nights should be organised, she sighed “Once in every three-four days. After all, we work so hard, so we can get a little special treatment.” Work hard, Party harder is her motto! “The crowd can sometimes be a bit disturbing, but who cares? We're here to party!” she added. This exactly is the attitude these nights want.
For a regular party-goer, Saturday night might still be the night to got out, but freebies trump conventional any day. When exploring the coolest ladies' night offers around the town, we discovered that mid-week ladies' night bashes are a strong competition to the weekends, and either way, the pubs are rejoicing.
Hops and Brews manager, Ajay said, “We offer completely free drinks to the ladies. The ladies' night here starts by 6 as ladies usually have issues regarding getting late at home or it being a working day on the next day, which starts early. Also, the offices in Gurgaon finish their day by 5 or 6 pm and the next thing the girls want is to relax themselves and have fun or get into a pub hosting ladies' night, starting as early as possible. This also increases the footfall as the girls usually come in group and boys also search for companions.''
Well, there cannot be a complete win-win to this situation. There are people around Gurgaon who raise a thumbs up to ladies' night, whereas, there are people who do not really oppose it, but are not in its favor it as well. Ravi Kalra, a social activist argues, “Why ladies' night? These kind of ladies' night inject wrong values. They offer drinks for free. Right? Free ki to har cheez he lalchaati hai. Free hongi drinks to unlimited pienge. Since, it is organised in mid-week, so obviously the next day is working. How will they work when they would still be coping with their hangover? Life barbaad ho rahi hai. Aj daru di hai, kal aise he drugs bhi de denge!”.
Asking that everyone is talking about equal rights and freedom, where is the equality and freedom here? He replied, “Equality and freedom in a positive way is good. Whether a girl or a boy, alcohol is detrimental for both. Pehle ki thinking badal chuki hai, aj mahilaein chulha sambhalne wali se desh sambhalne wali bann chuki hain. Country expects a lot more than this from the women of today.''
Contradicting Ravi's views, Richa Dubey of Gurgaon Girlcott says, “I see it as any regular night. How can it promote wrong values? Girls have their right to live their lives, the way they want. The society has nothing to do with it. I don't think it's of any harm to the society.” She further added, ''How can it be unsafe? Women don't get drunk and walk out on roads to rape people or they don't get abusive.''
So all the ladies in the city. Put your party shoes on! You don't have to wait for the weekend anymore to go out with your folks! And the question about bad influence is really subjective, as anyone can be negatively influenced to make bad choices- with or without alcohol.