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Bored of parties? Try something new

Parties and cool joints are not the only places in the city to socialise, say Summi Gambhir and Kirti Mehta.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2007 15:35 IST

If you thought parties and cool joints are the only places in the city to socialise, it's time you get an update. Read on.

What's cooking?
After 30, people who are bored with page 3 parties and prefer staying at home or absorbing themselves in work, with no time to socialise, have found cookery classes – a new merrymaking place. With a bit of learning and more of fun - this is a sure shot place to make new interesting friends.

Dr Rashmi Kandari, a pathologist who is regular one of these cookery classes says, "It's a novel idea where people of a certain class and interest get together. Not only do we learn new dishes but also make great friends, and plus we get to eat good food in the end."

So why do these hotels hold the classes? Explains Ruby Bedi, deputy manager, F & B sales, Jaypee Vasant Continental, "Our guests have certain lifestyle, they are enterprising and educated. We cater to the needs of such ladies, who are ready to accept changes and meet new people and make friends."

Beauty stops here
For the regulars at salons, the beauty parlour is a new joint to spend time with friends. "Everyone is busy with work. However, both my friend and I need to go to the parlour regularly, so we realised that this is a good place to catch up with each other," says 22-year-old Chandni Tayal.

Many have found this as a new way to organise a do. Mini Mahant, centre manager of VLCC Spa informs, " We have done this many times – we have had people from the American embassy book the spa to celebrate a friend's birthday." <b1>

She adds, "We also get bookings from a lot of friends who want to come together for a massage or pedicure or manicure and sit next to each other to chat."

Dance with me
Socialise as you shake a leg or two. We are not talking about the parties but dance classes. Gitanjali Jaitley, 40 and Prerna Gupta, 22, have become great friends. Courtesy: Shiamak Davar's dance classes. They say, "During the dance classes we clicked off very well. The whole group would meet on weekends, and we would even go for practices at each other's place. We are in touch even now and try to meet whenever there is time."

Kaytee Namgyal, founder of Salsa India Dance Company, who encourages these gatherings says, "Salsa is a dance in which two people communicate through their body language. For that you have to interact with each other. We have these social gatherings in some club, where people can interact in a more personal manner and eventually end up making a few good friends."

So, what are you waiting for?

First Published: Jun 30, 2007 13:55 IST