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Where's the party tonight?

The night and air-kissing 'Happy New Year' to a bunch of strangers, is not exactly what a lot of people have on their minds this year.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 20:50 IST

If you are wondering which happening nightclub to hit this New Year eve, think again because partying through the night and air-kissing 'Happy New Year' to a bunch of strangers, is not exactly what a lot of people have on their minds this year.

Fashion designer Jatin Kochhar wants to be home with his wife and son instead of going to one of the bashes with hundreds of people that he terms a Diwali mela look-alike!

"I have had enough of party hopping on the New Year Eve, year after year. Inevitably we end up wishing each other in the car! This year I want to spend my time with my family over a quiet dinner, something which I haven't done in a long time now, thanks to my work," he told IANS.

Shweta, a PR executive and a regular in the party circuit of Delhi, has similar plans. "I have not missed a single pre-New Year bash at any of the night clubs. But on the D-day, I want to be only with my dear ones. So I'm planning a small get-together at my place. That, I believe, is the best way to start the New Year."

Palash, a journalist, and his wife are planning a rooftop party on Dec 31. "Barbeque, bonfire and best buddies - what better way to start the New Year than this?" he asks.

While many are opting for a low-key affair at home, there are others who are zipping across miles to be with their loved ones.

Divya, a computer engineer here, is flying down to Mumbai on December 31 evening to be with her boyfriend, and then taking the flight back next day. "Even if it means for a couple of hours, I would like to celebrate the New Year with people I care about," she smiles.

Vacationing in exotic destinations is yet another way of ringing in the New Year. For the Goa loyals, which includes a host of celebrities, there is no looking beyond this place to raise a toast.

"Sun kissed beaches, good sea food, the best of wines and lots of music - Goa is THE place to be," says Alice, media co-ordinator of Action Aid, who's set to leave for her dream destination with her family.

But for model Amanpreet Wahi, holidaying in a new place is more fun.

"I take off from the country every New Year's eve to a place I have never been before. Last year it was Phuket and this year its destination Melbourne! Breathtaking scenery, good food, family and friends ... and yes, lots of shopping on my way back in Bangkok. I can't wait for the celebrations to begin!" she exclaims excitedly.

Wahi added: "Travelling to a new place with your close ones is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion. While exploring the place together, it helps you re-bond with them and you feel rejuvenated."

Having a cultural and social experience is how Pragya Vats, an Action Aid worker, likes welcoming a new year.

"I go to Safdar Hashmi Marg every year on Jan 1 where they commemorate the death anniversary of theatre personality Safdar Hashmi with a variety of cultural programmes, drama, music performances," says Vats.

But this does not mean that the nightclubs are going to wear a deserted look on New Year's Eve. Young BPO executives like Shalini feel Elevate, a popular nightspot in Noida, is the place to be in.

"Elevate has the best music and an awesome dance floor!" she remarks.

First Published: Dec 31, 2006 06:00 IST