In pursuit of happiness

Last Updated 11 July 2017, 19:04 IST

With a description that calls for people who are interested in being happy, it is no wonder the club is called ‘Whitefield Happy Club‘ (WHC). Founded by Raj Kesavaraj in 2013, this is a group for people living in and around Whitefield who want to make their weekends much more enjoyable by engaging in activities like watching movies, attending concerts, organising house parties and more.

“I formed this club on Meetup since I had newly moved into this area and had no friends,” says Raj. “For the first three months, no one turned up for the get togethers though there were quite a few registered members. After that, it grew in leaps and bounds and today, it has become a big yet close-knit group,” he adds.

The club, which meets at least twice every month, certainly follows the pattern of a bunch of friends hanging out with each other. From long drives and movie plans to late-night ice cream trips, the members do it all.

“I was really bored before I joined WHC,” confesses Shilpa Kala, a corporate attorney who has been with the club for four years now. “When I came across this group on meetup, I thought it will enable me to spend my free time more effectively. Now we have all formed a close bond with each other and feel comfortable with sharing personal stuff also.”

Food, she says, is a happening topic among the members. “People will suggest new eateries to try out and we will all go there. From continental cuisine to the local roadside nibbles, we have tried it all.”

For marketing professional Sunil Sharma, the club was a chance to grow both personally and professionally. “People come from different backgrounds yet everyone respects everyone else. I have had a wonderful time.”

Asked about his favourite outing with the members, he promptly says, “It has to be our trip to Masinagudi, two years back. A lot of the old members also joined in for that trip and the crowd was a good one.”

Masinagudi also happens to be the favourite memory of Tessita Thomas, a software developer who has been with the club for almost three years now. “It was a great trip, we stayed in cottage-type structures and had almost exclusive access to a nearby stream. In fact, travelling with WHC is always fun. We have been to many places now.”

For Tessita, the group seems akin to family now. “Whenever you want someone around, there will always be a person for you. And the friendly ambience explores you to become a bolder version of yourself. I usually don‘t talk much but after becoming a part of this group, that has changed,” she says with a smile.

Archana Kashi too discovered a side of herself after joining this circle. “I learnt bowling!” she laughs. Apart from that, she has also made a number of new friends.

“It was the first club to be started in Whitefield and promised a fun-filled way to do new things. The members are from all walks of life and catching up with different people here is my favourite activity now,” she says.

(The club can be contacted on 9901788700)

(Published 11 July 2017, 15:46 IST)

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