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Sights & sounds: Laser lights and neon glow marked out Maaya, the nightclub of the New Town hotel. The crowd started trickling in from 10pm, hitting the 200 mark by 11pm. The dance-floor backdrop of Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain brought in the chill and house DJ Imran warmed the console. He opened the set with hip-hop sellouts like Justin Bieber’s Baby and I Know You Want Me by Pitbull. Guest DJ Nick took over post-11pm with a heady mix of electronic, progressive and psychedelic trance.

Sip & bite: Mojito and Bloody Mary were the pop poison picks for the girls, while the men stuck to whisky. Balsamic Mushroom, Crispy Chilli Baby Corn and Crispy Konjee Lamb were the nicest nibbles.

Fashion quotient: Black it was... in dresses, shawls, saris or tunics. The rare grey or red cocktail number caught the eye. Many couples turned up in co-ordinated ensembles.

Hotelspeak: “The best thing about the party was that there was never a dull moment with so much to do. You could sit down for a luxurious meal at Café Swiss, party at Maaya or chill at Splash while your kids had fun in the kids’ corner by the infinity pool,” smiled Ronald Nilsson, general manager.

Voiceover: “The world waited while you savoured Black Dog in the idyllic ambience of Swissotel, as you luxuriated over an easy New Year’s evening with many more to come,” wished Kaushik Chatterjee, EVP & COO (USL, RPC-East).

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