Have a blast on New Year in the comfort of your housing society

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 28 Desember 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The humble New Year's Eve party organised in the compound of housing societies is slowly becoming an elaborate affair. Some apartments conduct auditions for the entertainment show of the evening while others devise multi-course Italian and Thai buffets that would cost a small fortune in five-star hotels.

Over the years, several Mumbaikars prefer to ring in the New Year with neighbours for several reasons, including never-ending traffic snarls and the police crackdown on drunk driving.

In Oshiwara, Samarth Aangan society is hosting one of the largest compound parties in the city, which is expected to be attended by around 800 members.

Society chairman Prabhat Singh says, "The party begins around 8.30pm with games, DJ music and dinner. We have a fine caterer who has devised a full menu of starters, Indian and Chinese dishes, fast food and a chaat counter. Last year he even included Thai and Italian items." Samarth Aangan's compound was decorated with fairy lights at Christmas.

Some members have even cancelled plans to reserve tables in restaurants and will join the building party instead. "They feel it is better to spend New Year's Eve in comfort with friends and neighbours rather than negotiate traffic jams and large crowds. The anti-drunk driving campaign is also underway," says Singh. In fact, nearby junctions like Juhu Circle, Lokhandwala Road and Indian Oil are a motorist's nightmare and people stuck in traffic jams at these sites at midnight honk madly, if only to celebrate the moment.

Both adults and children in Bhandup's Kukreja Complex audition for the New Year Eve party's entertainment events. This large society of 575 members opposite LBS Road organises the event for nearly 12 years now. "Our dance and music programme focuses on Indian culture. A resident runs a class for classical dance and his students put up a splendid show. We are conscientious about not burning firecrackers as well so we welcome the new year with extra loud cheer and dancing," says committee member Deepak Mishra. South Indian and Marwari restaurants as well as fast food joints vie to set up stalls at the society's new year party.

Near D'Mart in Malad, a housing society with a conscience organizes personality development courses for its teenagers. Now the 200-odd members of Interface Heights will host their first new year party in the hope that youngsters will attend in large numbers. "We normally celebrate at Christmas, but this year we want them to overcome the temptation of attending boisterous parties on December 31. It is terrible to see people drink and vomit or pass out, so we want our children to remain on the right path. We will also organize simple games like antakshari, so that senior citizens do not feel left out," says society secretary Kirti Dubey. Interface prefers to keep it traditional and has roped in a 'maharaj' to prepare pure vegetarian food.

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