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he phone hasn’t stopped ringing and my inbox is crammed with invitations and greetings. That’s right folks; it’s that time of the year again. People all over have that desperate edge to their voices, hoping that the eminent change in the year will bring better tidings than the previous one and that the mere chanting of the phrase, ‘seasons greetings’, will magically bring out the little elves, who are sure to make the world a better place. Of course they can darlings, and I am a firm believer in miracles.
It was an evening made to order in the heavens itself. The crisp cold air did not deter Pep Kumar’s elegant guests from enjoying themselves in the beautiful open air environs of the Vivanta by Taj in Yeshwantpur. Women dressed in brightly coloured diaphanous chiffons and silks competed with the men looking slick in their sharp suits and cravats.
The air was rent with the sweet sounds of a choir singing Christmas carols and the tinkle of laughter and bonhomie was everywhere. The buffet tables laden with food, that would have made a Roman emperor cringe with envy, greeted the guests who were seen marveling at the impeccable way this magical evening was unfolding before them.
We ended our evening with some wonderful Irish coffee and dancing to the music of the fantastic band whose repertoire included Indipop to hard rock. We were invited to brunch at Yauatcha, the restaurant that has set the city abuzz with its fabulous South-East Asian cuisine. Then again, if one has a lunch companion like Prasad Bidapa and his friends, can the afternoon ever be uneventful? The afternoon unfolded like a laugh riot, while Prasad regaled us with amusing anecdotes.
The presence of some common friends, who were eye candy, also contributed to the success of the afternoon. The boys were as scrumptious looking as the meal!

Radio One holds a special place in my heart as most of their radio-jockeys are good friends and we have often shared a good laugh.They celebrated their 7th anniversary by throwing a raucous poolside party replete with fantastic music, flowing liquor and great food at the Chancery Pavilion. It was wonderful catching up with good friends who know how to party and who definitely know what it is to have a good time.Merry Christmas dahlings, and as for me…I believe in miracles!

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