What is a Sunday Meet?
Well, to put it simply, it is a get-together of sorts. It occurs
on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month and on
the 5th, if there happens to 5 Sundays that month.
For the first few years we
used to hold these “meets” at the MacDonald's on Linking Road, Bandra, but now for the last couple of years we have been
meeting at the restaurant "Just Round The Corner", also in
[We chose Bandra because it is centrally located; moreover, it is
familiar.] But then the venue shifted to Just Around the Corner
- at Bandra itself. The meet usually spans the duration of an hour
[sometimes, the time period extends as people hang around to let
any straggler or late-comer join in].
Our friends from the Central Suburbs have been finding it difficult
to make it to the meets because it has been more than 1.5 hrs
commute all the way to Bandra. so to make it easier for them we have
decided to also meet in Central Suburb of Thane every couple of
months. Here the meet venue is Mc Donalds Thane - Naupada
Road, Near Thane Railway Station on the West side.
Then more often than not, after meeting up at the restaurant, the entire group shifts to someone’s
home. This is done, firstly, because a large group of people cannot
hang around in an eating establishment indefinitely – especially
when the eating is done and finished with eons ago. Secondly, the
atmosphere in someone’s home is more relaxed and less formal, thus
allowing a more involved repartee.
A meet sometimes follows an agenda. Like a meet could be about
one of the GB members, a qualified professional, talking about “safer
sex”, depression, legal issues, AIDS, STDs etc. Sometimes, it doesn’t
follow any agenda and topics that pertain to homosexuality, its
challenges, its hopes, and its anxieties crop up, without a "by
your leave". New-comers share their thoughts and doubts with the
more experienced in the gay community and the latter share their
own thoughts and try their best to assuage the qualms. Basically,
there are healthy discussions.
Some of these meets are special meets, where we invite parents
of gay men who are aware of their son's sexual orientation, to share
their feelings and also to interact among themselves. At times we
even have a couples' meet where long term gay couples are invited
to share their experiences, trials and tribulations to lead a happy
life with their lovers.
Who can attend this meet?
Absolutely, anybody.. who is on the list or who checks the website
and is interested in knowing what Gaybombay is all about, comes
to the meet. Some are curious to know about the group, some are
brought by their friends and some come there because they have been
a part of Gaybombay a long time and just need to meet their friends
and to make a few more in the process.
When, Where and How?
Even though the meets are regularly held at almost the same
venue, we advise you to check out the dates, venue and the timings
before coming to the meet as these are usually different for the
special meets, than those for the normal ones. You can find the link
to the details of the upcoming meets either on the
homepage or on our
gb Calendar section on this website.
Some Dos and Don'ts
- Drag is a strict no-no. For the simple reason that though Gaybombay
doesn’t mind drag, the places that host us do.
- Please do not come directly to the post meet venue (which is
generally someone's home), even if you are completely familiar
with it and even if you happen to know the owner of the home very
well. You are advised to come directly at the venue, mentioned
on the website or announced on the mailing list.
- After visiting the post meet venue, no one is allowed to go
back to that place unless invited specifically by the owner of
- We like to maintain Gaybombay as a comfort zone. This is a platform,
which allows hesitant and often apprehensive gays to come and
meet other gay people. As such, this platform has a strictly non-sexual
framework. This group is not about porn, or orgies, or sex-talk,
or escorts, or hook-ups.
You are welcome, to our Sunday Meets..
Uploaded on 24-Mar-03