Young adults across the metropolis are gearing as much as welcome 2021 with fingers crossed and a blended bag of feelings. While it is going to be gratifying to bid adieu to a 12 months riddled with the pandemic, world lockdowns and hardships, they’re additionally crammed with hope and gratitude, as they go for small-scale, intimate gatherings and celebrations with household and pals.
Nida Siddiqui of Derric and Nida, a city-based band, stated whereas she was occupied until Christmas with performances and recordings, she determined to be amongst pals for the final day of the 12 months. “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 curfew norms in place, Nida stated she most well-liked to remain dwelling slightly than carry out. “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 stated.
Tushar Jhamtani (23), a contract media skilled stated, “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), a dancer and environmental researcher and pupil Ishaan Menezes (23) felt that with the brand new pressure of the virus getting into the nation, the pandemic might not finish quickly. “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,” stated 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,” stated Menezes.
For senior architect Tejashree Warke (27) the celebrations will embrace a detailed social gathering at her pal’s villa in Kamshet. “Looking at the year gone by for all of us, we just felt like having a proper bash on 31st. With a few friends gathering while maintaining all safety measures, we will bid goodbye to 2020,” stated Warke.
Saniya Aldrin (23) a monetary analyst 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 2021 “with no expectations” and “will take it as it comes.”
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Managements of fashionable venues like The House Of Medici, Local Gastro Bar and SWIG stated preparations for celebrations won’t differ a lot from common days, however they may guarantee curfew norms are adopted by dimming the atmosphere.
“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,” stated Sakshi Gautam, a member of the administration at SWIG in Senapati Bapat Road.