| Revellers enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner at Maurya on Monday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Party hoppers were spoilt for choice this New Year’s Eve when it came to celebrate the last night of 2012 in style.
The residents were upbeat about making the most of the attractions arranged by hotels, clubs and discotheques, particularly those set up recently. Hundreds of youths, sporting their best attire, hit the dance floors, as disc jockeys belted out popular numbers, mostly from Bollywood. The ambience was electrifying and everyone seemed to be on the move.
Bulbul, a resident of Frazer Road, was visibly excited with the new venues added for this year’s celebration. “I think The Disc Man is the safest place for the bash. It is the only place where I can dance without keeping tabs on staggers,” she said.
Besides The Disc Man, the new joints were Buddha Heritage and Vijayatej Clark’s Inn.
Keeping their promise to give the party animals the best ambience, Vijayatej Clark’s Inn hall was decorated with multicoloured neon, spot and glitter lights. “We have used Alpha light and bass lights to give the hall the look of a casino in Las Vegas,” said Aabish, the event manager at Vijayatej Clark’s Inn. The revellers rocked hard to funky Bollywood numbers like “Fire Brigade Maangawa De”, “Long drive pe chal” and “Disco deewane”. The five-star hotels and clubs dished out well-designed programmes and hosted theme parties to keep the revellers’ spirit high. Hotel Maurya organised performances of a Russian Belle dancer and Amit Sana of the Indian Idol fame. The added attraction was a grand buffet at the pool-side lawns. The neighboring Bollywood Treat organised a DJ night teamed up with local troop dancers.
Another hot spot for the New Year revellers was Ghar Aangan, a resort near Kurji Mor.
Veteran pop singer Usha Uthup enthralled the audience with her foot-tapping numbers like “Darling Ankhon Se Ankhon Chaar Kar Lo” and “Saare haseen yahan nache nache”. She sang and the audience were on their toes. She also rocked the crowd by singing “Jiya Ho Bihar ke Lala” from Gangs of Wasseypur Part-1.
“I am a big fan of Usha Uthup. This was the first opportunity for me to see her live performance. I selected Ghar Angan because of her,” said Pranav Kumar, a resident of Gardanibagh.
The weather god also ensured that the revellers had a sunny run-up to 2013. Monday’s minimum temperature stood at 9ºC, while the maximum was 24.2ºC.
Restaurant owners and poultry and meat sellers fear that the sale of non-vegetarian food would be less on the first day of the New Year as it is Tuesday. Anand Puri resident Nitin Kumar said: “ We have a joint family and all that we are discussing from morning is what to have on the last day of 2012 - chicken or mutton? On Tuesday, none of us would be able to have non-vegetarian food, the menu would have to be pure vegetarian.” A second KFC outlet was inaugurated on Monday at Rajapur Pul.