We are not Club Mahindra members, but this year when we thought of a short holiday in Munnar, this was the only property everyone said we must visit. It is also among the few Club Mahindra properties that has hotel rooms given out to non-members and we managed to get a booking.
The property is very nice and the view from our room was excellent. The staff is cordial, though it could do with some more training and the food was better than average.
So? The problem?
The crowd! Since Club Mahindra is completely family oriented, it caters to middle and upper middle class Indian families traveling with children, parents, friends, cousins, grand-parents…everything is sanitized to cater to this class…to which we belong as well. A thoroughly boring crowd that I can just about handle in small micro-doses.
But that is not the point of this piece! The focus is the “chubbies”.
We went on a trek to a lake called Seethadevi in a group that consisted of two other families. When we were resting at a waterfall, one teenager called out to his father asking him to pull down his T-shirt that had ridden up and uncovered his pot-belly and hairy belly-button…which the embarrassed father hurriedly did!
The people who frequent Club Mahindra belong to a specific subset of the population…the health problems of this subset are also clearly apparent when you see them in the lobby or the recreation centre or the restaurant.
A good percentage of men above the age of 30 look distinctly unhealthy. And it is easy to spot them. Excluding those who are naturally large built, these are men who have over the years let themselves go and now have medium to large-sized pot-bellies stretching and often raising the T-shirts they wear and exposing their none-to-lovely belly buttons and the accompanying love-handles. All of this is obviously due to overeating (too much food), wrong eating (excess carbs and processed food), lack of exercise, too much alcohol (the food that goes with the alcohol) or perhaps too much stress…in different combinations.
I used to be one of them until I took control of my life.
These guys need to do the same, or else will eventually land up with some combination of hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease and will die earlier than those who don’t have these tyres…a bright and young but idiotic researcher might actually conclude in a study that people who go to Club Mahindra resorts die early. Clearly, it is not Club Mahindra’s fault. It is the people it caters to, who as a rule are unhealthy, because they come from a prosperous subset of our population that just can’t seem to take care of itself. It does not mean that if you are a Club Mahindra member, you are unhealthy. But those who are prosperously unhealthy are the ones likely to be members of Club Mahindra.
Maybe Club Mahindra should have a doctor in each property advising its guests about healthy lifestyles. Or then maybe not…when on vacation, who wants to hear about healthy eating and exercise! And yet, this is something to think about, isn’t it?