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From the music to the beverages and the fun — everything’s unlimited at New Year bashes in and around town

Choosing the right New Year’s bash to head to, can be a daunting task. Some of the promising venues this year are The Flying Elephant with Priyanka Chopra set to perform and The Park Pod with a line up of EDM experts. But from belly dancers to live bands, there’s a lot more to choose from this year.

@ Taj Hotels
Chipstead at Taj Coromandel will have DJ Savio playing popular dance numbers. At Rs7,000 per couple. Details: 66002827. At Summit, Taj Club House, expect Russian performers, and at Blend, DJ Dominic takes charge. At Rs3,450 plus tax per head. Details: 66313131

@ The Park
At Aqua, shake your hips to popular tracks with DJ Faezal. Don’t forget to watch for the fireworks at midnight, and we hear that you can expect some belly dancing too. Entry to all three parties at Rs10,000 per couple and Rs6,000 per person. Details: 42676000

@ Park Pod
It’s a night of Electro Dance Music with top EDM DJs Vijay Chawla, Arjun Hora and VDJ Prashant. This party, spread across three levels, will include runway shows, appearances by models and live-performances. From 8 pm onwards, at Rs6,666 plus tax per head. Details: 42676000

@ Sheraton Park
The partying at Dublin starts with a Prep Party on December 30, with DJs Rudy and Amit. The night promises to be exciting with free drinks for ladies till 10 pm and an entry fee of just Rs1,500 per couple till 11 pm. On New Year’s Eve, Australian band Electroverts take over. At `7,999 per couple. Details: 24994101

@ Hyatt Regency
After their golden theme for Christmas, Hyatt Regency has set up a star-themed party for New Year. We like that all guests will have access to their dessert buffet at the lobby. At Rs3,499 plus tax per head. And for an additional Rs6,000 you also get accommodation and a buffet breakfast for two. Details: 61001234

@ Park Hyatt
DJs Dave Zobhaa and Griffin will be performing alongside percussion artist Sivamani. Add to that a finale by Priyanka Chopra and you have one memorable New Year bash. The party takes place across The Flying Elephant, The Dining Room and The apartment with 3D projection and more. From Rs7,950 plus tax per head onwards. Details: 71771145

@ ITC Grand Chola
For a laid back celebration head to Cheroot. In addition to their premium beverages on offer, there will also be a special cocktail counter. Bangalore-based DJ Varun will set the mood with retro music. Their top-of-the-line package is priced at `15,999 a couple. Details: 22200000

@ Raintree St Mary’s
Havana at Raintree St Mary’s promises more than just music and dancing. Expect a lot of fun games, unlimited alcohol and pass around snacks in addition to the music by DJ Vish. This all night party is priced at Rs4,999 per stag, Rs3,999 per lady and Rs7,999 per couple. Details: 42252525

@ Westin Velachery
Willows, the sports bar, is going neon. In addition to non-stop music by Mumbai-based DJ Ishani, there will be unlimited beverages and a spread to tuck in to. AtRs4,000 plus tax per couple. Details: 22553366

@ Accord Metropolitan
Accord Metropolitan is organising a Zombieland-themed party, where DJ Big Daddy, VDJ Veekay and DJ Giko come together. From Rs3,999 to Rs4,999. Details: 8939889004

@ Radha Regent
Rock to the tunes of Deep Purple, Scorpions and others, courtesy rock band Filharmonix at Geoffrey’s. Metal bands, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Beta Funkiton and Third Eye are also set to entertain. At Rs1,000 per couple. Details: 66778899

@Ramada Chennai Egmore
Insomnia 2014 at The Board Walk, has DJs like Goart from Russia. We hear there will be a fire juggling bartender, a burlesque act and more. At `6,999 per couple. Details: 9092920000

@Radisson Blu GRT
For theme action, head to Radisson Blu GRT. At Royal  Court it’s a Blu Gangsta theme (`3,000 per head), while Garden Café and the Poolside become a Pirate’s Hide Out (Rs2,500 per head). Details: 22310101

Along the coast
There are a string of parties to choose from along the ECR. Dare to Bash-2014 at Ashok Beach Resort has DJ Arun at the consoles (Rs3,500 per couple; 9585850008 ). The Lost Resort gears up Soiree 2014 with Chennai band Incarcerated set to perform (Rs4,000 per couple; 7305040406). Fantasia 2014 at VGP will have performances by rock and folk bands (Rs2,999 per couple, 24356900)

Elsewhere
Crank up your party spirits at the third edition of Krank in Goa. Starting from December 28, this three-day extravaganza promises entertainment by popular artistes like Midival Punditz, Ma Faiza, Arjun Vagale and Calm Chor, to name a few. Entry at Rs3,000 per head for a day. Details: 7507003585

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Start this New Year with parties, a new sale and a painting exhibition

Food and wine
ecr1This New Year’s Eve, tuck into the grand buffet at Blue Line in Promenade, with multiple live counters and an endless supply of beer, wine, cocktail and soft beverages. Try their sushi, seafood, tandoori, barbeque and chaat counters. Rs6,500 per couple, Rs4,000 for stags and Rs1,800 for kids.  But if you would rather shake a leg, you could opt for the Light House at The Promenade, where DJ Jesse from Australia will be playing pop / house / commercial, and Baba Jas will be playing dub, reggae and dancehall. At Rs2,500 per couple and Rs1,500 for stags. Details: 0413 2227750

 

Shake a leg
martini-glass-w-candy-caneThe Global Voyage presents Xtasy, a New Year bash featuring DJ Bobby, who specialises in progressive, EDM and house music. There will also be an open-air pool party. At Auroma Garden in Auroville. On December 31, from 8 pm onwards. Details: 9786607386

 

 

Eye of the tiger
ecr5(a)DakshinaChitra is organising a painting exhibition, A Journey in Solitude, by Yusuf Arakkal. The exhibition is in collaboration with Galerie Sara Arakkal and includes works in different media and canvases, and sculptures with emphasis on tiger conservation. The exhibition is on till January 25. Details: 27472603

 

Shop, get rewards
ecr4(a)Good news for shopaholics. The annual New Year sale at Titanic is here. There is a sale of up to 70 per cent on all garments. Also, do not miss the special offer on accessories at  Ayesha. Shop for Rs1,000 and win a new iPad mini. The offer is valid till December 31. Details: 0413 2336495

 

Read online
Alliance Francaise in Pondicherry is ending this year with the launch of 10 new books for kids and adults. Besides this, the management is also launching Culturetheque,
a digital library. Now you can find all the latest French books online. Details: culturetheque.com

New address
Well known for their printed cotton kurtas and salwars, Fabindia is now at Mission Street. The store was previously situated in Rue Suffren street. The store has silver jewellery, including earrings and necklaces, and also a new collection of stoles. Open from 10 am onwards. Details: 9344384201

— Team Indulge
indulge@newindianexpress.com

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    Get set for blood, flying knives and Julianne Moore in the Carrie remake

    JULIANNE MOORE believes in ageing gracefully. Forget plastic surgery, the  53-year-old actress has no qualms donning unflattering make-up. Moore, known for her intense roles (like her Oscar-nominated role in Boogie Nights), is back on the big screen with Carrie. The second remake of Stephen King’s teen horror classic, the latest film stays true to the characters, scenes and dialogues of the 1976 original, but has a modern setting with social media weaved into it. Moore talks about scary movies and being a script mum:

    How important was Stephen King’s novel when you were working on your character?
    It was very important for us to go back to the source material. I had read Stephen King’s book On Writing, where he talks about the inspiration for the story—the two young women who inspired it. Carrie is a fascinating and really sad, dark book about the effects of social isolation. One of the girls that inspired the story was marginalised by poverty. The other girl was marginalised by her parents’ extreme religious beliefs. So they were both shunted to the outside of this town where King grew up. And he said neither one of them lived very long.

    Did you re-watch the old Brian De Palma film?
    I didn’t. I was a huge fan of that movie and watched it when it came out. It was one of my all-time favourite movies. But, no, I really worked from the book, although there are some images from the movie that are obviously indelible.

    For your character, it is almost exclusively about her relationship with her daughter…
    Yes. Carrie is the one person that my character has any kind of relationship with at all, and it’s a completely fundamental one. And Chloë (Grace Mortez) and I had a great time together. I found it really compelling to explore the nature of the closeness of that mother-daughter relationship and of the danger for them both as they move away from one another.
    What can you say about the role that bullying in the social media plays in the film, as that’s one of the new elements in this adaptation?
    I think it’s interesting that so much of social media seems to be anonymous and, frankly, I think that’s very dangerous. When I was in junior high, they had those ‘slam books’ that went around. Inevitably, they would be confiscated and the teachers would try to find out who had started it. And now we have it occurring legally in social media. I find that confusing.

    Is the movie a cautionary tale?
    Yeah. It makes everybody think. Movies always reflect culture. They don’t determine culture.

    Clearly, the events unfolding in Carrie are very extreme but how were your own teenage years?
    Compared to this, pretty benign! There is always some drama. My son is 16 and my daughter is 11. The one thing that you want for your children is that they can come home and tell you what is worrying them, because that sense of isolation is most damaging.

    Are you a strict mum at home?
    Well, I have a hard time with time-outs. You threaten, ‘You’re going to have a time out. You’re going to. You’re going to.’ And yet it’s hard to do.

    What are you afraid of, personally?
    I don’t like skiing and I don’t like to dive, that kind of stuff. It is important to try something. Whether or not you persist at it? I don’t think that is important. Life is short, so enjoy what you do!

    Carrie is scheduled to release on January 10.

    — Team Indulge

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      Taapsee Pannu
      She was last seen in Tamil cinema as the hyper active
      girlfriend in Arrambam. Though Taapsee Pannu tried her luck in Bollywood with the movie Chashme Baddoor, it flopped at the box office.
      She will be seen next in Muni 3: Ganga with Raghava Lawrence. The actress shares her three favourite films.

      Priya Anand
      Vanakkam Chennai did well at the box office and now Priya Anand is busy with three projects—Vai Raja Vai, Arima Nambi, and Irumba Kuthirai. She was first noticed for her bubbly role with Sridevi in English Vinglish. More from her about movies that inspired:

      ●   Kshnak Kshanam: This 1991 Telugu movie was a super hit and I don’t need a better reason than Sridevi to like this movie.

      ●   Agni Natchathiram: Karthik’s acting was tremendous. It is because of actors like him that I like movies.

      ●   Shankar’s movies: All his movies, right from Gentleman to Nanban, are larger than life and yet so appealing to the masses.

      Vishakha Singh
      Besides Power Star, Vishakha Singh was another actor who impressed us in Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya. She was also seen in Bollywood movies like Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Fukrey and Bajate Raho. Based in Mumbai, Singh has Vaaliba Raja  with Santhanam coming up.

      ●    Shahid: A gritty subject and a difficult theme to make. As an actor, to watch Rajkumar Yadav live and breathe such a complex character was inspiring.

      ●   Dead Poets Society: I love the way the movie inspires students. It shows the age-old tussle between parents and
      children and it made me want to become a teacher.

      ●   Munna Bhai series: The way Rajkumar Hirani marries commercialism and entertainment with a social message should be a lesson to all filmmakers.

      Vijay Sethupathi
      ●    Mullum Malarum: I love the screen-play of the movie and Rajinikanth’s acting. ●    Mudhal Mariyadhai: It is a risky subject and it could have gone wrong but Bharathiraja handled the subject really well. He made the audience fall in love with the movie.
      ●    16 Vayathinile: Each time the doctor called Sridevi, ‘Mayilu’, I used to go flat. This movie had all the legends.

      — Mrinalini Sundar

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      Here’s why fans of the RJ turned TV host should not miss Why this Kolaveri?

      ALAJI Patturaj, better known as RJ Balaji, has been far from idle after completing his movie, Theeya Velai Seiyanum Kumaru. Besides hosting Big Talk on Big FM, his foray into the small screen with Zee Tamil’s reality show, Why this Kolaveri?, has created ripples. The first episode, aired on December 14, had a new concept —participants singing songs while doing weird things, like standing on a two-tonne block of ice. Why this Kolaveri? is similar to the American reality show, Killer Karaoke. Patturaj talks to us about his new show and his movies:

      In Killer Karaoke, participants sing when snakes are being thrown at them. Or contestants are made to sing while standing in a tub full of worms. We don’t take it to such severe levels. Instead, we have tailor-made the show for our audience. However, you still have to sing while being ‘tortured’—like walking blindfolded through a cactus maze. And the best part is that nobody complains. This is not a TV show where people cry and create drama. You come, sing in weird circumstances and go. Our tasks are pretty reasonable and nobody has to deal with snakes and scorpions.

      I signed up for the show because there are no set rules and no scripts to follow. I can talk the way I talk on radio; in fact, I am even allowed to sneeze on screen! I can be myself. The makers of the show bought the rights for the original show. I have completed more than nine episodes and I have loved the experience. I have never tried singing, though.
      I am done shooting for a movie called Vadagiri with actor Jai. After Theeya…, I got some offers, but I want to do things that will give me satisfaction and peace. No matter what, I will never leave radio.

      Why this Kolaveri? is aired on Zee Tamil, on Saturdays and Sundays, at 7 pm

      — Mrinalini Sundar

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      Post booze and excess, here’s how you can get back on track in 2014

      Get bootylicious
      1A boot camp will melt away those new love handles. And Ajit Sigamani’s Combat Kinetics has just the right one for you—a three-month Body Transformation programme. It will re-evaluate your diet, restructure your schedules (sleep, work, party, etc) and rework your exercise regimen. “The programme will not just improve your body, strength and mobility, but also improve your skin, hair and energy levels,” says Sigamani. Cost: Rs12,000. Details: combatkinetics.com

      Shape up smart
      5There is no excuse not to Shut up and Train in 2014. Celebrity trainer Deanne Pandey gives you a book full of reasons why. “In 2014, you should focus on a comprehensive workout and lifestyle change,” says Pandey. “The book is a comprehensive guide on how you can improve your stamina, boost your metabolism, eat right and work out efficiently so that you get the body you’ve always wanted.”
      Cost: Rs299. Details: randomhouse.co.in

      Couple’s retreat
      2Don’t ditch your significant other in your bid to relax. Head on over to ITC Grand Chola’s Kaya Kalp Spa for a couple’s massage. Indulge in an exotic 30-minute pomegranate sugar scrub—a deep-cleansing indulgence that will give you a boost of antioxidants and leave your skin refreshed—followed by a 90-minute massage that will relieve any muscular tension. Cost: Rs10,950. Details: 22200000

      Right reflex
      3All those nights dancing in your high heels must have your feet screaming murder. Pamper them with the special foot reflexology package at The Dune Eco Village’s Paradise Spa. The one-hour package includes a foot soak, foot scrub and relaxing foot massage. Cost: Rs2,500 plus tax. Details: 9360688646

      Tech fit
      Fitbit_Force_35828458_31For some extra motivation, try out the various health gadgets out there. Restaurateur Vipin Sachdev has a wrist band from Fitbit. “It calculates how long you’ve walked, how many steps you’ve climbed and how many calories you’ve lost,” he says. “It also tells you how well you’ve slept and when your sleep was disturbed. You can change your lifestyle accordingly,” he concludes. Cost: $129.95.
      Details: fitbit.com.

      Flush it out
      DSC06155On January 1, make liquids your new best friend. “Cleansing your body is very important. Start your day with fresh lime or gooseberry,” says Shiny Chandran, a weight management consultant. “One could have porridge for breakfast. I also suggest tomato, carrot and beetroot juice.” But if you can’t forgo solids, try eggs, fresh fruits, steamed or stir-fried veggies for two weeks. “For dinner, go with a light soup,”
      she says. Details: 30259975
      Date for one
      Carve out some alone time to refresh yourself with Taj Coromandel’s special deal at Jiva Spa. Cool down with a deeply nourishing 30-minute scrub, then soothe your sore muscles with a 60-minute massage—using bespoke blends that include kewda, frankincense and brahmi. Wrap up your indulgent break by sipping their signature detox tea at the relaxation lounge.
      Cost: Rs3,800 plus tax. Details: 66313131

      What to avoid
      Contrary to popular belief, working off your guilt with physical activity the day after is not a great idea. According to Nita Futnani, a fitness trainer at Leap Wellness Studio, strenuous activity will only aggravate your hangover. “Even while doing yoga, shavasana will be your best choice,” she says. But once you sober up, “Pilates is a good option because your breathing gets aligned, so you feel better—mentally and emotionally,” she adds.
      Details: 42316531

      The dawn of the New Year is never bright. It’s usually a bleary one—thanks to days of
      late-night revelry, pigging out… ahem, sampling of gourmet dishes and, of course, forgiving
      yourself that one last glass (or dozen) of bubbly. However, 2014 needn’t see you curled up under
      your blankets, curtains pulled firmly against the sun, bemoaning your fall from the ‘fit and healthy’ wagon. We bring you a selection—from boot camps to apps to couples’ massages—to get you back on your feet.
      Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar & Mrinalini Sundar

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        Comic turn
        MiM3After the favourable reviews for his performance in Kazhagu, Krishna Kulasekaran had signed a handful of films. One of them, Vanavarayan Vallavarayan, is in production now. Krishna shares frames with Monal Gujjar in it. Like many of his earlier films, this is also a home production. However, unlike Kazhugu—an intense action flick—this one is said to be a light-hearted comic entertainer.

        Fighting fit
        MiM1After playing supporting roles in films like Chennai-28 and Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu, Vijay Vasanth got his ‘heroic’ break in Madhil Mel Poonai, an action thriller. Now the actor is eagerly awaiting the release of his next venture, Ennamo Nadakkudhu, a home production. Vasanth reportedly trained in various forms of fighting for this suspense-action thriller.

        Flashback
        MiM2“I’ve made it with a lot of passion, free from clichés,” says Mohan Sharma about the period film, Namma Gramam, that he directed, produced and acted in. The Tamil film, which will be released shortly, earned the late actress Sukumari a National Award. Set in a village in Palghat  in the 1930s, it reflects the rigid traditional customs of the period.

        Malini Mannath

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        Everyone is taking selfies, but only a few get it right. We tell you how to strike the right pose, just in time for  the countdown

        WITH the advent of Instagram and mega-pixel mobile cameras, the selfie culture has evolved from a narcissistic indulgence to a form of self expression. Models are taking them backstage, actors are taking them on sets; in fact there is no wrong place to take one—as Obama’s controversial selfie at the Mandela funeral proves. So we asked a few self confessed selfie experts to give us tips on taking the perfect selfie (incidentally, Oxford Dictio-nary’s word of 2013).

        From the top
        Chennai-born model Rochelle Maria Rao likes taking selfies because, “it tells me if I look good before I head out. And I do want to show off if I am hanging out with a close friend or doing something fun,” Rao says. Her favourite angle is “the top angle. A good selfie should also have a bit of the background,” she adds. Chenn-aiite socialite Tania Samtani gives her nod to Rao’s tips, adding: “I use Apple apps like Aviary, Instagram and Pixelomatic to make my selfies perfect.”

        Hold the thought
        Current Miss India Earth, Shobhita Dhulipala, loves taking selfies and calls herself a “loyal lover of the camera.” She feels that selfies let her emote freely. “It captures not just the moment but also my mood and freezes it forever,” she confesses. “Whatever the emotion— capturing it gives me joy,” she says. According to her, selfies look great when taken with light directly on your face.”

        Going au naturel
        “Selfies may be about projecting the natural look, but there are ways to perfect it,” says celebrity make-up artist Ojas Rajani. “A bit of make-up and  grooming makes a difference,” Rajani says. To look natural, she says, “Use a compact to cover your blemishes.” Use a tinted moisturiser or rub a beetroot on your cheeks for that natural glow. “Even if it is an ‘out of bed’ look you want, use an eyelash curler,  mascara and kajal to open up your eyes. Finish off with a lip balm or a lip plumper,” Rajani says.

        Pose perfect
        Selfies, according to ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, appeal to one’s vanity. “Today, there’s an inordinate openness about your whereabouts and the need to tell and share,” Kasbekar says. “Hence, in an increasingly visual social media world, one is constantly posting images of oneself—may as well have a terrific image sent out then.”

        — Mrinalini Sundar & Sumitra Nair

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        IT IS time to welcome 2014 and who better than a DJ to tell us which songs will rock the dance floor. With varied artistes like Avicii andHoney Singh having their moment, here are some tracks that will rock the night.

        DJ Aqeel, Tamanche pe Disco
        A DJ and music producer, Aqeel has given us many memorable remixes like Disco 82 and Keh du Tumhe. He also introduced the concept of super clubs, with Poison in Hyderabad and Goa, and Bling in Mumbai’s
        Leela. This year he will be performing at Lalit, Mumbai
        New Year special: I plan to play house, EDM—since it is catching up—and a bit of Bollywood, since it is popular.
        Hottest song, 2013: It will be Tamanche pe Disco from Bullet Raja. I will be playing that as the clock strikes 12.

        DJ Notorious, Lungi Dance
        Mumbai-based globetrotter DJ Notori-ous has spun music for Hollywood at Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. His debut remix, Jab Andhera Hota Hai, became a party anthem. This year he will be playing at Radisson, Jaipur.
        New Year special: 30 or 40 English tracks and Bollywood numbers.
        Signature style: I like entertaining my guests visually, too. So expect three screens that’ll have 3D mapping and projections with lights. I’ll also show videos of songs when we get  closer to countdown.
        Hottest song , 2013: Lungi Dance, because it has an amazing tempo and Rajini-kanth or Thalaiva is loved by all.

        DJ Henry, Dance Again
        DJ Henry is usually known to belt out the latest tracks at Shiro, a club in Mumbai. Find him playing there on New Year’s Eve, too.
        New Year special: I will be playing Bollywood numbers. I will avoid house music and play countdown numbers. Expect LED walls and lights on the floor.
        Hottest song, 2013: Dance Again by Jeniffer Lopez and Give me Everything Tonight by Ne Yo.

        DJ Kave, Animals
        Popular in the Chennai party circuit, he has been the official DJ for A R Rahman’s Jai Ho tours and is the official DJ for rapper Hard Kaur. He is best known for including glitch hop, dubstep and breakbeat in his acts. Find him at Candy Club, T Nagar, this New Year.
        New Year special: We plan to play a lot of EDM, hip hop and house music. Chennai likes hip hop. We are very unlikely to play Bollywo-od tracks.
        Signature style: I am usually known for scratching, so yes, that.
        Hottest song, 2013: Animals by Martin Garrix.

        DJ Shiva Moon, El Tiburón
        DJ Shiva Moon or Shiv Gupta is popular for his electronic music. He has worked with artistes like Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx. This New Year he will be at UV Bar, Goa.
        New Year special: Expect techno, house and trance tracks, and electronic music, since the crowd loves it.
        Signature style: My music is unique and not commercially heard.
        Hottest song, 2013: El Tiburón by Kaiserdisco.

        DJ Chubby, Wake Me Up
        Well known for his techhouse music, DJ Chubby performed in 60 to 80 gigs in 2013. This year, the city-based DJ will be performing at Q Bar, Hilton, after which he’ll head to Goa to perform at Supersonic.
        New Year special: I play a lot of tech music but for New Year, I will play club tunes.
        Hottest song, 2013: Wake Me Up by Avicii.

        Nikhilesh Tekki,Nightdrive in Moscow
        Nikhilesh Tekki has been playing EDM for more than five years now. He has also been a resident DJ at Winchester Hotel  and Radisson Blu in Chennai.
        Hottest song, 2013: Nightdrive in Moscow by 5 Reasons.

        DJ Dominic Rozario, Wake Me Up
        City-based DJ Dominic Rozario has been performing at Hilton for over  a year now. He kicks off his 2014 journey at Blend in Taj Club House. “I play everything except Hindi and Tamil music. I play a lot of retro and disco music,” he says.
        New Year special: I will be playing a lot of pop, hip-hop and house.
        Signature style: Retro and house.
        Hottest song, 2014: Wake Me Up by Avicii.

        DJ Arjun Vagale, Terrakoz
        The new year will find Vagale at Leather Bar, The Park. A specialist in techno, the DJ will be playing that and 2013 hits.
        Hottest song, 2013:  His own composition, Terrakoz.

        — Mrinalini Sundar & Sumitra Nair

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          Chefs make a case for their 31st night and New Year offerings

          ITC1Pondicherry’s best
          @ Madras Pavillion
          Madras Pavilion at ITC Grand Chola have themed their New Year’s Eve dinner around Pondicherry, and junior sous chef Sandeep Kapoor asks you not to leave without trying the buttermilk sorbet with poached prawn and the chocolate bombe shell (part of the buffet, starting from Rs2,250 onwards). Ottimo offers a set menu (Rs2,500 onwards) to end the year. Italian chef Massimo Gullotta says the Fantasia capodanno (New Zealand lamb cutlet) and blue cheese vegetable canelloni are not to be missed. Details: 22200000
          Foie_gras_IMGP2356Foie gras station
          @ Spectra
          One of the many highlights at The Leela Palace is their New Year’s Eve buffet at Spectra. A quick chat with executive sous chef Avinash Mohan highlights scallops stations (Thai, Spanish, etc), raan stations (Afghani, Pakistani and Lucknowi versions) and one dedicated to foie gras. Also look out for special desserts like the tab tim grob, courtesy chef Nisa Yimthong. Stop at the dessert buffet at The Cake Shop. At Rs6,500 plus tax. Details: 33661234
          leek-n-chive-dumpling-01Wok action
          @ Golden Dragon
          Chef William Ho promises specials from the wok as part of the New Year menu that will be showcased at Golden Dragon, the signature Oriental restaurant of Taj Coromandel. Chef Ho says that their hot and sour cucumber salad, leek and chive dumplings, and rum-soaked raisin and banana pie are not to be missed. At Rs`4,250 per person with a select bar, from 8 pm till 12.45 am. Southern Spice offers a special New Year menu wit a select bar at Rs4,250 per person. Dine at their private dining rooms at an additional 25 per cent per person. Details: 66002827
          PARK2Baked bhetki
           @ 601
          601 at The Park has three buffets on offer. Start with a multi cuisine New Year’s eve buffet (Rs3,333) with unlimited house wine and a midnight buffet (Rs1,000 plus tax) for some after-party snacking. At their New Year brunch (Rs2,000 plus tax) on January 1, look out for the baked bhetki with Roman artichokes and cherry tomato and Cointreau macerated winter berry gateau that come recommended by Rajesh Radhakrishnan, their director of food production. Details: 42676000
          Mixed bag
          @ Burgundy’s
          New Year’s Eve sees a collaboration between Burgundy’s and The B Bar for an unlimited spread with select beverages. With pastry tarts, kal dosas, thin-crust pizzas, a cheese platter, turkey and more, this one is for those who want a bit of everything. Priced at Rs3,300 per head or Rs6,200 per couple. Details: 49001000

           

           

           

           

          Text: Ryan Peppin
          Pics: R Satish Babu, P Ravikumar

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