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Tuesday , January 3 , 2012
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Tollygunge Club

Christina Holm was seen making merry with her husband Steve Jones. “We are from Denmark and are back in India after 10 years. We thought this would be the perfect place for New Year’s Eve,” she smiled.

Mood & music:

On the lawns, it was cosy and warm, complete with candlelit conversation under the blue-and-white canopy. On the dance floor, it was electric with a capital E. The first spin-doctor, DJ Austin, treated the party people to his dance tunes and was followed by band Shiva. Mamma Mia, Oye Oye, Livin’ La Vida Loca and special request Summer of ’69… it was one big happy music mishmash with the makeshift disco zone erupting with every beat. Even emcee Rohan gave emceeing a break as he went It’s My Life!

Post-midnight, DJ Austin was back for round two. “The best thing about the Tolly party are the lovely people. I am going to burn the stage!” he promised. Time Of My Life, Wake up Sid, Subah hone na de, Senorita, Dhinka chika, Om shanti om… groovier times rolled. Kolaveri di continued its hit run on the floor and Akon’s Chammak challo was the last tune of the night. Adding to the bonhomie were fun prizes that went out to the best couple, wackiest dancer and coolest person on the dance floor. As well as Mr and Miss 31st.

Club speak:

“The party was rocking. A lot of things will happen at Tolly in 2012. The Olympic motto is the club’s motto: faster, higher, stronger,” said Anil Mukerji, managing member and CEO of the club.


“Aisa topi pehna diya humko!” (A man pointing to the colourful hat distributed to all those who partied at Tolly.)

Looker of the night :

Geet Mandani, who chose to step out in a classic B&W combination, was striking in her ruffled top, fitted denims and well-cut jacket.

Sip & bite:

Snacking was everyone’s favourite pastime as they watched the dance floor action from the sidelines. After finger food like Crispy Chilli Potato, Chilli Chicken Dry, Chicken Boti Kebab and Veg Chop, an elaborate dinner menu awaited guests at the other end of the Tolly greens. Drinks to down? Bubbly won hands down!

Midnight moment:

The dance floor was the place to be. Those saving their energy under the canopy hit the floor five minutes to 2012. Tolly started throbbing as the crowd went into countdown mode… 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4,3, 2, 1... and out went the lights. Bear hugs, gentle embraces and ‘Same to yous’ followed.

Style Quotient:

Black was everyone’s favourite. Yet again! LBDs ruled. Yet again! This season, they were complemented with stockings — lacy, net and in basic black and candy colours. With ‘national’ being the dress code, some dared to bare with backless and knotted cholis. Medha Nandi (picture left), who lives near Science City, came all the way to party at Tolly. Why? “This is the best party in town,” she smiled, looking fetching in an LBD from Mumbai. “I got it especially for this party. I also got these earrings to match from Pantaloons. I thought red and black was the best colour combination. It’s chic and looks good!” said the PYT who came with mom and her friends.


Text: Saionee Chakraborty
Pictures: Amit Datta

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