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Where’s the party tonight…

- Doomsday date with young, blithe spirits

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 20: Doomsayers move over, Bhubaneswar wants to celebrate life. The city’s youth brigade plans to raise a toast to the Earth by partying hard and wild, pooh-poohing the December 21 end-of-the-world prophecy.

“Even if the world is ending, I might as well die happy. So, I have decided to host a get-together at my place tonight and have invited all my close friends. Halloween is the theme, of course. We will sit up all night and watch horror movies,” said college student Deepshikha.

Actor Anubhav Mohanty said he was convinced that the world ending prediction was nothing but a rumour.

“But like everyone else, I was quite scared when I first heard about it. We all know death is inevitable and yet we are all afraid of it. The best thing to do is to celebrate every day, every moment,” he said.

The actor shared plans of catching the first-day, first-show of the Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 2 with friends tomorrow.

“I have booked tickets already. It is quite brave of Salman to release the movie on the so-called Doomsday. This sends out a message of optimism, faith and hope,” he said.

The worldwide buzz about this apocalyptic day is based on a belief that the ancient Mayan civilisation in Latin America had December 21, 2012, as the last day on its calendar, fuelling speculation that the end of mankind would come on that day.

A popular Odia manuscript, Malika, penned nearly 500 years ago by Achyutananda Das, also contains predictions on the lines of a devastating end to the world.

This inspired filmmaker Sanjay Nayak to make his Baisi Pahache Kheliba Mina, which essentially dealt with the belief that the Jagannath temple in Puri would be devoured by the sea and the Lord would abandon the 12th century shrine for the Ananta Gopal temple in Chhatia, considered his second abode.

There were other theories, too, including one about a fatal collision between Earth and another planet of Niburu, an undiscovered solar system.

However, Nasa scientists have debunked the idea and said there was absolutely no such threat.

Deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium Subhendu Pattnaik echoed Nasa.

“There is nothing to worry about. December 21 will be like any other day, but for the fact that it is the day of winter solstice,” he said.

The planetarium will screen eight to nine shows on space and the solar system on Friday.

If you just can’t shake off your firm belief in astrology, take it easy anyway.

Bhrugu Jyotish Pandit Sridhar Acharya ruled out any disaster that might lead to the end of the world.

Kaliyug began in 3202 BC and will continue for over 12,000 solar years. Since this is just 2012, the world will exist for at least another 6,900 years. Even the planetary positions appear positive,” said the astrologer.

But if the prophecy were to come true, Odissi danseuse Sujata Mohapatra said she would spend the last day of her life indulging her passion.

“I will spend December 21 dancing and teaching dance,” she said, sounding confident, though, that doomsday was far off.

A popular joke trending on social networking sites is that the Hollywood flick 2012 should be categorised in the genre of comedy and not thriller.

Talking of jokes, actor Akash Das Nayak has one.

“A friend texted me that the world could not end in 2012 because his ketchup bottle expires in 2014,” he laughed.

DJ Ravi, who mans the console at The Cellar, said he would belt out a set of popular party tracks on Friday night to pep up the mood.

“I don’t believe in this Doomsday theory but will play songs that celebrate life. This collection that I am calling ‘The Last Time’ features pop numbers by Whigfield, Swedish House Mafia and other artistes who were a rage in the 80s and 90s,” he said.