Khanugaon descends on Noor-Us-Sabah
LAST TIME it was some vibrant locale of Bhopal; this time it was Khanugaon. Another convention, another theme party, another wonderful evening and the same hosts. The Hotel Noor-Us-Sabah Palace just outdid itself in the dinner party it hosted for the delegates of the Hotel and Restaurant Association?s 13th regional convention on Friday night.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 14:30 IST
LAST TIME it was some vibrant locale of Bhopal; this time it was Khanugaon. Another convention, another theme party, another wonderful evening and the same hosts. The Hotel Noor-Us-Sabah Palace just outdid itself in the dinner party it hosted for the delegates of the Hotel and Restaurant Association’s 13th regional convention on Friday night.
The ambience of this dinner was based on a village, Khanugaon, replete with cows, bullocks, a tractor, well, huts, and, of course, the new-age e-chaupal.
The hotel had hosted another dinner recently for delegates of a convention on tourism, and that party had a typical Bhopali look to it with batole-baazi, salted tea, tongas and the likes.
This time round it was the rural face of MP. Girls in traditional lehenga-choli welcomed guests to the village. A couple of shops made of wood and with thatched roofs selling handicrafts and other rural items flanked the entrance while a tractor-trolley was parked opposite them.
Under a huge tree was the most attractive site of the party. The village Tau (uncle), puffing on hookka sitting at the chaupal, was narrating anecdotes and tales to a group of village youngsters sitting on the ground.
Close to that was probably the most innovative idea of the party. A well that actually served water. This was, in fact, the party’s water stall. A tea stall nearby did good business.
Meanwhile, a hand cart went around the place and served snacks to guests who looked more than happy for not having to shake even as much as a leg to fetch the eatables with their drinks. The cuisine on offer was top of the draw, and every one relished it thoroughly.
Traditional mondhas (cane stools), round pillows and coir mats for seating made the atmosphere even more village-like.
Guests specially admired the e-chaupal hut that showcased the new-age changes and hi-tech services on offer at villages in MP.
The sounds of bells hanging from the cows’ necks made for some pleasant hearing for most guests who, otherwise, hardly get to hear that in the hustle and bustle of metros.
The animals, very thoughtfully, were tied at a safe distance from the party site. Another memorable evening for locals and definitely for outsiders that included a group of German students too.
The foreigners, Stefanie, Sasha and Isabella, greatly appreciated the evening and said they almost felt like celebrities with the service and personalised care shown by the hosts. Noor-us-Sabah GM Sanjeev Nayar said the evening was a team effort and everyone in the hotel staff had contributed to making it look the way it was. And it was definitely a great show, felt all the guests