So will you be partying tomorrow night to bring in the New Year?

I, God rest my creaking bones, will be sitting down in our compound amphitheatre, nursing my corns and bunions, keeping an eagle eye out for the child who will be darting around the place, spending most of the evening standing at the DJ console demanding Chammak Challo be played on a loop, followed by Sadda Haq. And debating whether Naadaan Parindey can be legitimately considered a dance number. Yes, we have a New Year’s Eve party planned in the building premises and that is my plan to bring in the New Year. Safe, sound, non alcoholic and most of all, I can be assured I wont be stuck in miles of traffic in the middle of nowhere enroute to said party and end up wishing the spouse and friends a Happy New Year in the car itself, and turn back after a couple of hours, to find the return route equally clogged up, ergo spending the entire night caught in the grandmother of all traffic jams, without food, water or other nutritious stuff that keeps body and soul together, forget the intoxicating spirits. This, gentle reader, is what actually happened to us the last New Year’s Eve party we attended when we were young and gay and newly married, and of course, this was back in the days when gay was a word that did not mean a sexual orientation in the minds of the lay public, post that experience, the spouse has been resolutely dourfaced everytime New Year’s Eve plans are mentioned. So we sit at home, blast the music loud, drink deep of the intoxicating stuff, and wish each other a happy new year at the stroke of 12, and promptly nod off to sleep. This has been the pattern for the past so many years. I have, with the advance of the years, developed an inability to get dressed up and go dancing at any point beyond 10.30 pm. That is my witching hour, post which the body clock declares an automatic shutdown, and I’m most likely to fall asleep like that hypnosis stage trick subject who keels over with the push of a gentle finger to forehead.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Would you be at home, tucked in warm under the covers, sipping your hot chocolate? Or would you be out, rousing the town, dancing on table tops? Or better still, would you be at a cosy house party, with few trusted friends, singing Auld Lyne Sang, which was traditional to be sung in the New Year’s parties of my childhood after elderly relatives got much of the intoxicating brews into their system and were maudlin enough to start belting out songs in a language far far removed from them? Or would you be sitting up watching the New Year’s Countdown on a television channel much like we did during the good old childhood and days of Doordarshan when the Sunday movie, Humlog, Ramayan, Mahabharata and the ‘foreign’ movie shown late Friday night (psst, the one with the forbidden stuff) were the most eagerly watched by all and sundry? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?
Whatever your plans may be, here’s wishing you all a great 2012. May this year bring you joy and delight, and the green stuff by the sackfulls.
And yes, all ye who are going to be out and partying, have a great time, don’t drink and drive, stay safe and god speed you reach the party in time for the countdown.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boyโ€™s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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4 Responses to So will you be partying tomorrow night to bring in the New Year?

  1. Ruchira says:

    I will be the one encosed in my lovely soft blanket, munching gur – moongfuli and guzzling hot cups of coffee while I usher the new year in. Does that sound too boring ๐Ÿ™‚
    Am not much of a party person and cant be bothered to be out in the murderous delhi fog … rather be at home safe and warm ๐Ÿ˜›
    Happy New year to you Kiran, and to your family !


  2. I simply love, love, love the conversational way in which you write! Makes for such interesting reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wish you a very happy New Year!

    My plans are to have a quiet dinner with the hubby in a restaurant that we both love, and then watch TV or a movie at home till midnight, ringing in the New Year with a hug, a lot of warmth and pastries from Sweet Chariot! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Pesto Sauce says:

    Have not yet planned where I will be tonight but may park myself somewhere loud and fun


  4. plan to spend it a t a frens place and stay sane ๐Ÿ˜€


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