It's time to cheer up for those who miss late-night parties due to odd working hours. The Millennium City, the hub of business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, will now host theme-based parties exclusively for BPO employees.
Various event management firms are planning special BPO nights based on various themes which would be organised at clubs and discotheques on weekends only for those who are unable to join late-night celebrations due to awkward shifts. Gurgaon has about 300 small, medium and large BPOs and call centres, employing over 1.5 lakh youths and most of them are avid party goers and night club hoppers.
Although the city has several night clubs, bars, pubs and discotheques, it fails to address the needs of the youths working in these call centres. They have no option but to mix with the general crowd.
"But now we are going to have an arrangement with a social networking nightlife and lifestyle portal mypurplemartini.com. We together would organise BPO nights for call center employees only on weekends," said Deepak Kapur of the event management firm, BPO Party Circuit.
He said that the parties would be organised on Saturdays in large sized bars and discotheques that could accommodate 500-1000 people. The parties would be based on themes such as Denim, Skirt and Halloween.
"The first BPO night is likely to hit the city a little ahead of Christmas this year. Only those having ID cards of BPO firms would be allowed to enter and the bars would be booked strictly for them," Kapur said.
Shamsher Singh who runs a bar at JMD Regent Arcade MG Road said that Gurgaon was the right place for hosting such parties.
"Gurgaon is full of party buffs especially from BPO sector and we have an excellent facility on MG Road, where we have installed 256 colours changing LED system for the dancing freeks. We would love to welcome the BPO crowd," he added.
According to Jaideep Manojia of Jolly Rogers, the 14000 sq feet party lounge on M G Road, the state government should withdraw the restriction of closing bars by midnight so that call centre executives can also enjoy the parties. "We have to close by midnight or by 2.00 am after getting special permission. The night life is possible if the government relaxes operation hours," Manojia said.
BPO employees, on the other hand, are thrilled about the new initiative. "An idea like this sounds interesting. We will pass on any such invite or information to the departments and employees," said Mrinall Dey, manager, American Express.