Dandiya time is back but revelries this year appear to be marred by the swine flu threat. There is a certain apprehension among revellers over flocking venues hosting ‘garba’ due to rise in swine flu cases in the city over last few months. Since such venues draw huge crowds, the fear is on possibility of the flu spreading and except die-hard enthusiasts, others seem to consider the choice twice before they hit the floor. Interestingly, an event manager in Secunderabad came up with a notice at the venue entrance listing out measures to protect one from the flu! Last two years, the terror threat had cast a shadow on ‘garba’ venues following serial blasts at Mecca Masjid, Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park and this time it is swine flu.

M. SRINIVAS