Anybody who has remotely travelled interiors of India and even internationally understands what the term ‘Sharing a Table’ means.
At Pubs, Cafés there are community tables. In restaurants that require reservations, it is difficult but I have been asked many a times in far flung places if I would mind sharing a table.
Depending on my mood, I’ve agreed or opted for sitting at the Bar. My experience has always been quite good.
Similarly during the initial days of my career, the Shetty joints or local thali places one would need to squeeze in with 3-5 others based on the size of the table.
And all of this still exists.
So it was with amusement, I read about it as being news and how the newly fangled pubs/restaurants had thought of the innovative way of getting strangers to share the table. And of course many in the media thought Moses had parted the sea again or something.
Watching at a couple of them, speaking to some ladies I firmly came to an conclusion that it will be and was a terrible flop.
Many reasons to it. Most of the ‘happening places’ were seldom visited by single person. Ladies mostly felt uncomfortable being asked by Unknown Vicky with an Audi if they can share a table. And there are too many options in the same price band, nearby etc for it to make any sense.
Of course restaurants played their part by putting up hipsterish flag, expecting it to be used.
Nothing of that sort happened and these days I don’t even see the flags.