Go Christmas
The jolly-good season of gifting and celebrating is continuing right up to the Christmas, and even beyond. So slip into your stilettos and rock the party, says Saurabh Malik
Dancing feet in glitzy stilettos, eager to trip the light fantastic all the way into the X’mas night in bashes rocking with excitement! Rum, resin and low-fat cakes oozing with yuletide spirit! Arcades garlanded with psychedelic lights adding dazzle to the festivities! And cute little Santas carved out of polished stones for giving you a taste of faith, religiously — it’s Christmas time in the city. Drive down the roads meandering all the way through merriment and you realise celebrations this time haven’t exploded out of the scene with the fading away of Divali revelry.

Photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

all the way from Delhi
Smriti Sharma
Santa Claus is coming to town, eya, eya ooo…Well, with Christmas knocking on the door, the excitement can be felt all around. By this time of the year, the anticipation runs high in everyone’s mind, especially kids. For year’s, mums have been known to stuff the Christmas gifts in socks, under the beds and at all imaginable places when the kids would fall asleep. This Christmas its going to be different. Take a peek at what some of the preferred places in the city are doing for kids.

CHARMING SANTAS: City shops are luring kids and adults alike with yuletide spirit. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

City shops are luring kids and adults alike with yuletide spirit

Indians too are swept off their feet by the American Christmas,
reports Rabia Tewari
December in New York truly feels like the warmest month of the year! Celebrations galore all over town, buildings and streets decorated in festive bling, spirit of giving surrounds everyone, gift boxes are heavy and hearts are light. City streets and stores are flooded with shoppers and tourists. Retail stores are sparkling with glitzy Christmas displays. With the pound rising high against the dollar, many European tourists are shopping here this year.

READY TO ROCK: City-bred Rabia Tewari and her friends get ready for Christmas

City-bred Rabia Tewari and her friends get ready for Christmas

Christmas Spirits!
Angad B. Sodhi
IT’s the season to be jolly lalalalala..’ as the song goes. Christmas in Chandigarh may not be as big a deal as Divali is, but it’s an excellent excuse to party! So here are a few concoctions people in town are brewing up this yuletide to make the season all the merrier!

Bake a cake
Merrymaking at Christmas is actually quite a serious business. In England, I found it amusing watching my classmates, waltzing down High-street on a shopping expedition, returning with bags full of yuletide gifts. This is the time for an annual feeding frenzy with everyone getting het up over the traditional family dinners. It used to be enthusiasm bordering on madness, jingling all the way! The only peace and solitude I detected was in the rendering of “Silent Night…”!

Holiday heaven
Anuradha Shukla
When the earth rose to kiss the sky, mountains were formed.
The mystique, grandeur and beauty of these glorious monuments of mother nature has forever lured the romantic at heart. What better way to rejuvenate the spirit than in the lap of these hills! Hope of finding that perfect heaven is within reach now with a new hill resort opening at Mangothi village, near Dharampur. As we set out to find the same, the road takes us higher and higher into the hills, leaving behind the hustle-bustle of the city.

SURYA NAMASKAR: The newly opened Surya’s Rock Rose Resort promises a rocking holiday

The newly opened Surya’s Rock Rose Resort promises a rocking holiday

Saag for the Sahibs
Angad B Sodhi
Of late Chandigarh has seen an influx of restaurants serving exotic cuisine. Patronised by the urban elite, these restaurants do booming business. What you have is always nice, but the real fun is in getting what is not ordinarily available. How about makki ki roti and saag! Once a year, the urban elite goes back to their rural roots at Robin and Amrita Nakai’s annual saag party. Bright sunshine, dappled light as it filtered through lovingly-tended trees, marked the annual event at the Nakais’ residence in Sector 8 on a lazy Saturday afternoon recently. No wonder, it attracted much of the city’s who’s who, licking their fingers and digging into the traditional food.

Sreedhara Bhasin
In the US, a new Indo-American verb has emerged – ‘Bangalored’. Now, when Silicon Valley software engineers say –“Accounts in our office has been Bangalored” – the others fully comprehend. I have heard a lot of people tell me that their R & D has been Bangalored, their son-in-law’s job has been Bangalored, their entire loan verification department has been Bangalored – in various tones of misgivings, betrayal, wonder and trepidation.

Make merry
I’m a 27-year-old guy on a visit from the us to my grandparents As I am caught between two cultures, my birth culture and the one that I have adopted, I feel I have very mixed reactions towards girls. I find my neighbour over here extremely attractive. She is about 24 years of age very Indian in her outlook and seems like a pleasant person. Back in America I have a girlfriend who is American.

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