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Phir bhi dil hai...

With bangles, tattoos, mehendi, loads of Indi-pop and a stack of DJs, the city is all set to rock tonight on Independence eve. A dekko at the revelry in the popular hubs.

TRICOLOUR RULES: Desi elements will predominate.

A TENDER coconut for a shooter? Well, revellers in the twin cities can definitely look forward to a rocking Independence eve with loads of desi elements like bangles, bindis, mehendi and of course stacks of Indi-pop tonight across the happening locations in the twin cities Also, some of the top DJs from the country will be seen in the city's pub consoles for the occasion. Sounds interesting doesn't it?

Ten Downing goes desi tonight. Drop in here, preferably in your best ethnic attire, to be greeted by a bagful of surprises. The ambience, with the fragrance of fresh flowers wafting through and lit up by innumerable diyas, offers mocktails and cocktails mixed in different layers to give the tricolour. Try out the Vodka pani puris while here. A chaat wala, bangle maker and tattoo artist are other attractions at 10D.

More tattoos and face painting with tricolour flag motifs; this is the pre-independence Nite at T-2, Taj Krishna. The place wears a tricolour theme visible through the balloons and the uniforms. Sit with the portrait maker or do a gig on some fabulous Indi-pop tracks brought to you by DJ Priya from Bangalore.

Yet another happening DJ, Akbar Sami, takes on the console with stacks of Indian music at the Underdeck, Taj Banjara for the Independence eve. Bottles and Chimney presents DJ Ryan Beck from Mumbai for the ID bash tonight. "As a tribute to Indian music, Ryan Beck will play numbers of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties ," says Sanjay of Bottles and Chimney. Besides the refreshing music, the quiz contest is sure to get your grey cells working and you can actually walk home with prizes. And women would be given tricolour bangles. So make sure to go dressed in ethnic chic. Be Indian, wear Indian is also the dress code at Dublin, the Pub at ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers which ushers in the spirit of Independence with focus on details such as khaki caps, flags and patriotic songs. Get yourself tattooed with mehendi or just join DJ Anjana from Bangalore for the songs.

For more Hindi music, popular DJ Murthy and celebrity DJ Namitha present popular numbers for the desi night at Liquids. Also, get a tattoo stuck on the arm or forehead while here. Again, the ambience wears a festive look.

While Sparks will see an integration of Indi-pop with the regular Thursday Hip-hop night, you can simply relax at Easy Rider for good time.

For all those who ask why a pub for celebrating a national festival, the revellers would retort why not! "Independence Day can be celebrated anywhere. We have the right to celebrate our independence, this is what I understand," says Richards. Sarfaroshi ki tammanna ab hamarey dil men hai... (We hold the urge of rebellion within us).

Beneath those treated denims, low-slung hipsters and a mind for rollicking times, one finds that the young have a patriotic core, why else would the desiremixes sell more than the firang ones ? Happy Independence Day.


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