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    A brand New Year has arrived and with it our resolutions to do better and be better and make the most of everything. Talks of boot camps and diets abound, with everyone having allowed themselves one last chance to indulge on New Year’s Eve. While the Christmas weekend could only be described as crazily fun, this weekend saw a more chilled out vibe. Maybe it’s because we just didn’t have the energy to do a repeat, or maybe it’s because several of the usual party suspects weren’t in the city. In fact, just a quick look at social media throws up images of Chennai peeps partying everywhere from Bali, Dubai and Thailand to, of course, the ever-popular New Year’s destination, Sri Lanka. Back in the city, there was a divide between the ‘Go outs’ and the ‘Stay ins’. Hyatt Regency and Hilton were the venues of choice for the former, with many opting for an elegant sit down dinner at Madras Club. The latter (which includes yours truly) enjoyed a poolside get-together at a friend’s place, which turned out to be the best idea ever. No running into people you don’t want to meet, no New Year hugs from random strangers and no packed sweaty dance floors. Instead, we enjoyed our cocktails and made wishes as we sent our Chinese lanterns into the night sky.

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    January in Chennai also means one of the most awaited events on the sports (and social) calendar, the Chennai Open. This year has been no different, with the fashion show heralding the start of the season.

    In what has become a tradition, players walked the runway, flanked by leggy models, showcasing designers Lalit Dalmia and Pranjal Kadkade. No prizes for guessing that the big draw was India’s Grand Slam champion Leander Paes, although special points to USA’s Nicholas Monroe for giving us a peek at his abs. The next afternoon saw the players face off against the models in a friendly cook-off. Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom showed off their bartending skills while Roberto Bautista Agut and Steve Darcis attempted both pizza and pani puri.
    Before I sign off, since everyone’s in that zone of making wish lists and to-do lists, here’s a quick list of what we want to see (more of) in 2017:
    ♦ A focus on music, with all the amazing talent we have and the many genres to enjoy. Music somehow seems to be the add-on and not the main attraction.
    ♦ Men’s fashion. There’s always been loads for the ladies in this arena, how about something for the men?
    ♦ More events that make use of our brilliant coastline. A once-a-year Surf Fest (while being a great start) is just not enough.

    Paloma Rao

    — paloma@newindianexpress.com

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