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A weekend full of plans

Hit the park, head to the zoo or just enjoy some ‘me’ time at home. Photo: Nagara Gopal

Hit the park, head to the zoo or just enjoy some ‘me’ time at home. Photo: Nagara Gopal  

Hyderabadis are elated at the long weekend and plans are in full swing

Guess who is going full house with an extended weekend holiday. It is the theatres, restaurants, salons, spas and clinics. With offices, banks, schools and colleges shut, people aren’t just indulging in some ‘me’ time but also taking this time to clear pending chores. Like Sravan’s routine check up with the doctor, following his back pain, or Monica who’s making up for loss of sleep, after doing late shifts in the past few weeks. For her it is sleep time, followed by a spa session at her favourite salon. “I couldn’t get a massage appointment because they are booked. This Friday came as a pleasant break before a hectic weekend with elaborate plans of partying the weekend away,” she says.

This isn’t all that people plan to do during this break. Some are utilising this break to head to the nearest getaway to be far from the madding crowd, and savour the beauty of nature. “I spent a year in the city and haven’t been able to see too many places around. It is not the lack of time, but the inappropriate time. Now that it is technically monsoon, I hope to catch the beauty of nature in the Kuntala falls. It is the ideal ‘Me’ time plan. The whole three days — all to myself and lots of places to look around,” says a delighted Prachi Sarmah, an HR with a multinational.

Friday being Independence Day holiday, followed by the weekend, many say they couldn’t have asked for more. This also means: extra hours of sleep, leisure breakfast, leisure afternoon and probably a light night without having to worry about waking up early. “I sent my son to my mother-in-law one day and my mother another day, so that both the households get to spend time with him and my son in turn can get his week’s quota of pampering. I am planning to relax and not worry about work at all,” says Priya Dasgupta. She is delighted about the fact that everyone lives in the city and she doesn’t have to spend too much time travelling.

What about movie plans? Some are clearing backlog at home and some heading to borrow DVDsand even buy tickets at the nearest possible multiplex. If this is so, the cash registers of the restaurants are ringing with ‘heavy’ brunch bookings.



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