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Breaking up is not hard to do

india Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:55 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times
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Custom-made cakes, special cocktails, themed decor and a gift wish list. No, not the essentials for a wedding party - these are some of the things youngsters are asking to celebrate break-ups, say Delhi party planners.

Special parties to celebrate break-ups are now catching on in the Capital. Last week, American musician Jack White and his singer wife Karen Elson’s grand divorce party left many bemused, but city restaurants report they’re getting requests for such parties at least four to five times a month.

“Recently, we made special break-up cocktails for one such bash,” says Anish Khanna of Cafe Morrison in South Extension. “A couple last month asked their friends for ‘thoughtful breaking up gifts,’ that included a self-made telephone directory, with numbers of all the single hot girls in the area for the guy,” says DJ Nimit Mehta. “We arranged for a break up party with a stand-up comedian, who only had to crack marriage jokes. Couples normally go dutch and spend anywhere between R25K-35K for such bashes,” says Atin Khanna, co-owner, Jukebox cafe bar.

“Mostly youngsters aged 20-28 ask for such parties,” says Anupama Jain, event manager, Rhythm to Soul. “For a couple, we made a break-up cake with the theme: ‘fairy tale gone kaput’,” says Adnan Vahanvaty, managing director, Bagels & Brownies.

“When I broke my engagement, I threw a karaoke party where everyone had to sing only anti-love songs,” says Shalini Singh, 28, lecturer. “My ex and I got our friends together for our break up bash. Everyone was asked to tell us why we made a terrible couple. It left us in splits,” says Avantika Sharma, 26, advertising professional. Not just for fun, such a party helps the couple cope better after a break-up. “It shows they are ready to let go of any hard feelings,” says Rachna Singh, psychologist.