Youthful grown-ups around the city are outfitting to invite 2021 with fingers crossed and a mishmash of feelings. While it will be satisfying to say farewell to a year loaded with the pandemic, worldwide lockdowns and difficulties, they are additionally loaded up with expectation and appreciation, as they settle on limited scope, close social occasions and festivities with loved ones.
Nida Siddiqui of Derric and Nida, a city-based band, said while she was involved till Christmas with exhibitions and chronicles, she chose to be among companions for the most recent day of the year. “Although we all know things might not get better even after December 31, we are just pinning hope on the fact that it may end in some way. This year made us value people we are close to more, and spend time with family and friends. Last year was all about parties. This year, people just want to spend bare-minimum time with friends. So most probably, I will be spending New Year’s Eve watching a movie and eating good food.”
With check in time standards set up, Nida said she wanted to remain at home instead of perform. “Surprisingly, we had a lot of requests for year-end celebrations. But with the new curfew regulations, it would have been nearly impossible to divide up time,” she said.
Tushar Jhamtani (23), a freelance media professional said, “Until last year, New Year’s Eve was mostly about going out with friends, but this year I am just going to stay home and maybe sleep through it. I am looking forward to 2021. I hope it is a year where things become slightly like pre-Covid times and I hope we need not wear masks anymore”.
Radhika Mulay (28), an artist and ecological scientist and understudy Ishaan Menezes (23) felt that with the new strain of the infection entering the nation, the pandemic may not end soon. “I did not even realise the year was almost over. In March, we were counting down the days of the lockdown. But I had never imagined the pandemic would take away the entire year. With the new strain spreading, I don’t think 2021 will be different from 2020. It is sad. We all seem to have accepted it as part of our everyday lives now. It is fearful, yet I do not see any other way to carry on,” said Mulay.
“I look at 2021 with the brightest glimmer of hope, but being very realistic, I accept the fact the pandemic will not go away soon and I have to learn to change my lifestyle for the better,” said Menezes.
For senior modeler Tejashree Warke (27) the festivals will remember a nearby gathering at her companion’s manor for Kamshet. “Taking a gander at the year passed by for us all, we just wanted to have a legitimate slam on 31st. With a couple of companions gathering while at the same time keeping up all wellbeing measures, we will say farewell to 2020,” said Warke.
Saniya Aldrin (23) a monetary expert stated, “Although I am saddened by the lacklustre celebrations due to curfew norms, I hold onto the hope of a free and better new year”. Student Mahek Tejwani (21) is looking at 2021 “with no expectations” and “will take it as it comes.”
Administrations of famous settings like The House Of Medici, Local Gastro Bar and SWIG said arrangements for festivities won’t contrast much from standard days, yet they will guarantee check in time standards are trailed by diminishing the feeling.
“We will be operational in the morning and our different branches in Pune will have a range of cover charges for stags and couples. Contrary to last year, when we celebrated till 1am, this year we will try to dim out the DJ music and cut out the ambience in order to push out people before curfew time. While we want people to have a good time, we are prioritising regulations for safety,” said Sakshi Gautam, a member of the management at SWIG in Senapati Bapat Road.
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