After a long night of fireworks, dancing and loud cheering, the World Cup victory celebration continued on Sunday with Mumbai determined to take the revelry to another level. The long weekend only gave another reason to cricket enthusiasts in the city to wear their party hats for a little while longer.
“Just one night of partying was obviously not enough to celebrate India’s win. On Saturday night, my friends and I decided to meet again to watch the highlights on TV. We also caught up on all the action on the streets that the TV channels were showing,” said Mira Road resident Shramik Kasliwal, who watched the match with his friends at home.
While some chose to spend a lazy day at home on Sunday, many chose to go out to have a huge brunch to end the festivity.
“The excitement of winning the cup kept all of us awake all night. The noise on the street would not have let us sleep anyway. We finally slept at 5am. Once we woke up, we decided to go get a bite and even there all we could discuss was the match. All our voices are gone,” said Sneha Sheth, 25, a resident of Lokhandwala, Andheri (West).
Restaurants were packed with revelers. “Almost 60 people came to have brunch today and everyone was obviously only talking about the World Cup,” said Oniel D’souza, restaurant manager, Tangerine Café, Ramada Plaza Palm Grove Hotel.
But, not many were as lucky to have a free day on Sunday.
“I had to go for my CA coaching class today and though the atmosphere was very serious we still discussed each and every ball played yesterday. Some of my friends who went to Wankhede also recounted their experience. This was our way of continuing the celebration,” said Pooja Chaudhary, 20, who caught the action at Cinemax theatre yesterday and then went for a drive around Mumbai with her friends to celebrate.
Prem Paras, a budding music composer from Four Bungalows, celebrated on Sunday by doing what he knows best. “I spent the entire day composing a song about the way the nation came together to celebrate the victory on Saturday and the power of the youth,” said Paras.