Continuing with our round-up of exciting hobby clubs across India, we’re back with another compilation of five favourites that seem super dedicated to their passions IRL. Without further ado then…
Bangalore Classic Scooter Club
We love this retro bunch. And not just for the refreshing change they bring from the slew of motorcycle clubs mushrooming like bans in India. As the name suggests, BCSC is a club for everyone who digs scooters, especially classic models, but also newer ones that are acceptable provided they sport classic styling (ya, as specific as that). They organise regular rallies and rideouts, but perhaps their coolest feature is an active online forum where scooter lovers can actually discover and buy to add to their collections. We’d like to reiterate their home rule – talk only scooters.
Pune Jazz & Blues Club
Formed by some of the former members of the well-known Pune Jazz Club, the Pune Jazz & Blues Club has kept the legacy alive by promoting the music in its city through a string of events and activities. The ardent members of this club gather at the Gyaan Adab literary centre in Kalyaninagar at 11 in the morn on the first Sunday of every month, and they usually have an agenda. Last we checked, they were busy appreciating jazz influences in old Hindi songs. Join them here.
Delhi Drum Circle
Another musical congregation, the Delhi Drum Circle does what a drum circle anywhere in the world would do – groove together to a rhythm they beat as a community. It’s a jam session really, but like all other terms that originated in 1960s-America it became a worldwide trend, with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart at the forefront. The Delhi chapter meets often at Deer Park near HKV and also organises events at more official venues.
Noida Aeromodeling Club
Of course, we’re going all niche now, but then you can’t complain about a hobby transforming into an evolved technical skill. You might know of Aero Modelers Association which takes flying more seriously than the government takes its currency. In their Noida chapter, they build and fly their own model airplanes every weekend at a flying field near Sector 93. You needn’t be a member to just swing by and attend one of these techie-fun sessions and see if it piques your interest.
Karnataka Quiz Association
Definitely one of the grand daddies of hobby clubs in India, the KQA was founded in 1983 in Bangalore and has since been celebrating this geeky pursuit with ample gusto across various places in the state. Amongst its 100 odd programmes through the year, there are the many quizzes they organise structured along seven levels. If there’s a reason why Indians should be faring so well in the realm of quizzing, KQA might play a major part in it. Follow the geniuses here.