A long, long time ago business deals were struck in neutral places associated with wealth—think exclusive, gated business chambers in plush hotels like Oberoi and the Taj. These clubs worked on a simple premise: you had to be a member or be rich enough to buy a membership. An outsider could also break in via recommendations. So business people used these familiar, comforting marble-friendly zones to transact, socialise, even get married in.
But all that is establishment now, like the boring club bar or over on the golf course. The cooler, more happening deals in India today are being struck in nondescript cafes or convenient business-friendly meeting points. Flashy displays of money are a no-no, the location isn’t really important. What matters is convenience, given today’s horrendous traffic situation.