Tejpal got Ponty Chadha to fund club for ‘select Indians...great intimacy’
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Neena Tejpal did not respond to a mail seeking her comments about the venture.
Prufrock is to be located in the M-Block market of the upscale Greater Kailash-II area and the interior work of the club is in progress at present. It is a few buildings away from the Tehelka office and workers at the site said construction began in July and is expected to be completed in three months from now.
Real estate agencies said annual rent for the space is estimated to be around Rs 6.5 crore.
Tejpal explained the concept of the elite club in an email he sent in October to a select group informing them about his new venture and asking them to join Prufrock.
"The team that created the iconic Think now presents an exciting and original idea: Prufrock.with a carefully curated, by-invitation-only membership, Prufrock, is located in the heart of South Delhi...in a space that spans three floors, each with a distinct mood, all built on a value for ideas," he said.
The Think team refers to Thinkworks Pvt Ltd, owned by Tejpal, Neena and Shoma Chaudhury, the managing editor of Tehelka. It organises the Think fest in Goa and Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a colleague during its 2013 edition earlier this month.
Wave Industries is one of 34 sponsors of the event.
In his email, Tejpal said membership to Prufrock "will be scrupulously monitored, and will be very limited. the cost of membership has been kept extremely modest - the criterion of Prufrock being not means but attributes. not money, but a mindset".
The annual membership fee is Rs 12,360.
"Membership to the club would mean an invaluable opportunity to listen to those who sit in the country's hot seats, wielding great power and influence, politicians and businessmen, social activists and spiritual leaders, and engage with the complex mechanics and politics of building India, through conversations held in an atmosphere of rare intimacy," Tejpal said in the email.