I suppose we’re all going through the same withdrawals brought on by too many late nights, way too much food and lots of great company. Before we can move on to what 2016 has in store for us, (or talk about fitness plans and diets), a quick New Year’s Eve recap is in order. I was fortunate enough to bring in the New Year in Kodaikanal, bundled up by the fire, sipping on mulled wine, singing along to retro hits with a big crazy group of friends. It felt like half of Chennai had made its way to Kodi, trading in the usual party scene for a more rustic setting. And as I watched a croquet game in progress, with the clouds rolling by in the background, it really felt like the‘reset’ button had been hit.
But another group had the exact opposite feeling, enjoying Sunburn in Goa, with headlining acts that included Kygo, Martin Garrix, Seth Troxler and David Guetta. A chat with Sameer Sethi, who was able to give me a little insider info, confirmed that the ninth edition was bigger and better than ever. Partygoers from over 50 countries were on the sands of Vagator beach to enjoy the best of house and techno music and rubbing shoulders with celebs like Tollywood superstars Rana Daggubati (Baahubali: The Beginning) and Allu Arjun (Arya ). No surprise that most of the party peeps had picked up their tickets ages ago.
Back in the city, the lead up to the 31st saw the launch of The Brick Oven, a new all-day hangout at Accord Metropolitan. Guests were invited to sample the menu, along with a selection of cocktails, while they enjoyed a relaxed evening. Conversation revolved around New Year plans, resolutions and the 2016 Aircel Chennai Open.
Speaking about the tennis tournament, players like Roberto Bautista Agut were spotted at the Hyatt Regency, trying their hand at some Indian cooking under the watchful eye of the chef. No doubt, they had a ball.