The name reminds one of the coterie that angered Aurangzeb so much that he had to spend 20 years chastising them. This institution, however, is engaged in the rather innocuous activity of entertainment and sports, and is far from being a threat to New Delhi.
More than a century of clubbing has not been unkind to the Club. The place is quite cheerful and well-maintained, with an ambience of enjoyable times had by members ever since the fin de siecle
. Membership entails buying a Rs. 100 form and paying a non-refundable deposit of Rs. 25,000. There is an interview, for which sobriety is recommended, and a trial period of two months.
The facilities on offer include a bar, A/C and non-A/C card rooms, billiards tables, snooker halls, and tennis, table tennis and badminton courts. Not to mention, a game of tambola thrown in every Saturday.
The Club and its 1,000+ members celebrate Club Day on 25th January every year. Deccan Club is a nice place to belong to if you stay nearby or are looking for a viable alternative to the Secunderabad Club
. There is no limit to the number of guests you are allowed, though you cannot entertain the same guest more than twice a month. After all, what is a club without a few inexplicable rules?