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End the year with a flourish and this New Year, resolve to party hard

This New Year, resolve to party hard!

brunch Updated: Oct 08, 2016 12:41 IST
This New Year, resolve to party hard!
This New Year, resolve to party hard!(Illustration by: Jayanto Banerjee)

When we say New Year, we’re obviously referring to all the excitement and buzz of the evening before. In India, we have lots of New Years. There’s Bengali new year, Maharashtrian new year, Tamil new year and also Telugu and Kannada beginnings of the year. Those dates are determined by whatever lunar calendar or astrological system we follow. But January 1 is universal. For many, it’s the beginning of new things. Why then would they want to welcome it with a hangover, have you ever wondered? Just saying. Still, there’s no escaping the fact that big bash on New Year’s Eve is the thing to do. Whether you want a cosy evening with friends at home, or hit a crowded dance floor and swing the night away, or do something private and romantic, New Year’s Eve is something you start counting the days to months in advance. Sure, there’s something special about a new year. It’s all about hope and the chance to start afresh, we guess.

New age new year

Get away from the madding crowd: If you’ve been there, done that, been to every happening party every year, time to take a different route. This year, choose a quiet retreat, introspect, in solitude or with a loved one. Relax, unwind, think, write, sing, play music, meditate. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to see in the new year?

* Go wild: Again, we aren’t recommending crazy headbanging and the consequent hangover. December-January is the best time to explore North India. Think of camping under the stars in the deserts of Jaisalmer. Or visit one of our many wildlife sanctuaries. It’s the best time of year to do this.

* Throw a theme party: Can’t do without a party? Throw your own. It’s better than some ticketed event. Pick a theme, send out interesting invites, ask your guests to dress up for fun. Get some great music, food and drink and have yourself a memorable New Year’s Eve.

Style tip

How can we talk about New Year and not mention resolutions! Time, then, to make your style resolutions. If you’ve been meaning to get into shape, now is the time. Set specific goals like, ‘I will walk 30 mins a day’, not vague ambitions like, ‘I will lose weight in 3 months’. Re-examine your wardrobe. Throw away things you haven’t worn in the last six months. Declutter. Promise yourself you will choose quality over quantity and be stylish in the real sense. Happy new year!

Say it with garlands at the gorgeous Karans

Designer sisters Gauri and Nainika Karan. (On Gauri: Gauri & Nainika dress, floral hoop earrings gifted to her, cuff bought from Saks Fifth Avenue, New York and Zara shoes. On Nainika: Gauri & Nainika dress, diamond ring and Aldo shoes.) (Reuben Singh)

Only in our family

“I think my dad’s love for garlands truly makes the birthdays in our family one-of-a-kind. Whether we like it or not, every year the birthday boy or girl is garlanded even as he/she cuts the birthday cake. That is, in fact, the only element of planning that goes into our family celebrations. All other things are decided at the very last minute, including travel plans and hotel bookings!” says Nainika.

And this year...

“We go on a holiday every December. While we are yet to finalise plans, it will probably be a rejuvenating trip to Goa,” says Gauri.

Who’s gifting who what?

Gauri to Nainika: “Anything from Zara will work for her.”

Nainika to Gauri: A beauty kit from Sephora

—Vidya Prabhu

From HT Brunch, October 8, 2016

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