A fairy tale finale to 2002

Ushering in the festival season: A Christmas party at Le Meridien in New Delhi on Wednesday.  

The jingle of bells might be in the distance now. While Santa's reindeer have returned to their home in Lapland for another year, the festive season has just begun here. The lists of resolutions might have to wait as yet, but Delhi seems to be gearing up to bid adieu to another year.

This year might be ready to go down in history with less than perfect memories for some, but there is a lot of help around in the Capital to ensure that the tail-end of the year will certainly be "picture-perfect''. From as far as Poland to as close as Punjab -- musicians from all corners of the globe are descending on Delhi to give a fairy-tale finale to this year.

It might be too late to book your tickets to sunny Italy, but for those who always dreamt of New Years eve in Rome might find their wish fulfilled closer home. A white Christmas might have not been possible, but a white and gold New Year just might.

Spend a romantic evening with music and dance at La Rochelle at the Oberoi. With the rich baritone voice of Bobby Cash, champagne and a five-course dinner, it has all the ingredients for a night to remember. Or celebrate the midnight hour the "Indian way'' at Kandahar. With live ghazals, biryani and diyas, this is the "desi'' option.

Delhi seems to be getting close to its Punjabi roots this year. So if "bhangra'' is your kind of music, there is Sukhwinder performing at Le Meridien this December 31. Harbhajan Mann will also be in Delhi at the Park Royale.

Those who like to sit back and watch others dance can head straight to "My Kind of Place'' at Taj Palace. With belly-dancers and unlimited alcohol, it would make for nice memories. A truly "global'' end to the year this time, Delhiites will get a taste of the "West'' here in India. Enjoy a ten-course meal and a jazz singer from the States at the Orient Express. And those who prefer the more exotic East, can enjoy an evening of Chinese food and music at the Tea House of August Moon at the Taj Palace.

The small screen is all ready to get bigger this December 31 and it might be a real good idea to stay at home and "Bond'' with the family. Star Movies is bringing James Bond to your home on New Year's eve in the "World is Not Enough''. For those who prefer a "desi'' version, can tune into Sony to watch a star-studded evening with a special appearance by Big B.

By Mandira Nayar

Photo: V. Sudershan