Hand sanitised, temperature checked, my host and I stepped into the elevator, which was, thankfully, rather spacious. Small things you never noticed before life hit the new normal. We got down at the fourth floor and climbed a flight of stairs to the Unplugged Courtyard (UC), perched on the terrace of the Hotel Golden Park on Ho Chi Minh Sarani (not far from the Kolkata offices of the British Deputy High Commission and the US Consulate).
The Delhi-headquartered resto-bar, which opened its doors recently in Kolkata, is divided into several zones, across 7500 square feet, offering indoor and outdoor seating arrangements, with their own set of bars. The Kolkata franchise is owned by Amit Kumar Modi and Priti Modi.
We chose Terrazza, the open-air section, again a preferred seating area in these difficult times.
As we settled down in our corner, I wondered what the two edifices on either side of the terrace would say to each other if they suddenly found their voice. On one side, rising above the hazy cityscape was the grand dome of the Victoria Memorial, its angel with the trumpet etched against the late afternoon sky. On the other side, looming high above us was The 42, a much vaunted luxury address, whose top stories almost disappeared into the clouds…