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Sombre Delhi tones it down for New Year

Sombre Delhi tones it down for New Year
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Some called famed disc jockeys, some planned lavish buffets - but several clubs and pubs across the capital have either cancelled their New Year eve celebrations or have toned them down as a homage to the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, who died on Saturday. A few admit they have incurred losses.

Cibo, a popular restaurant in Hotel Janpath, has decided to cancel its special New Year celebrations as a mark of respect to the victim.

‘We have cancelled the celebrations because we are concerned with what has happened. There will just be a lavish buffet and the in-house DJ, who is always there,’ Sanjeev Uppal, director, Cibo, said.

‘We are facing a loss of around 50 per cent as we had to cancel the advance bookings. The prices have also been reduced to 70 per cent,’ Uppal added.

Roshanara Club in Roshanara Gardens, has also called off its New Year bash.

‘We have cancelled the celebrations because of the death of the gang-rape victim,’ Rakesh Jain, secretary administration, Roshanara Club said. Admitting the loss in business, he said,  ‘Although we are not a profit-making organisation, we had to return the advance money we got from bookings. We have suffered loses of around Rs 2 lakh.’ The capital’s popular Taj Palace hotel also planned a quiet evening, with celebrations just for in-house guests.

‘The decoration and celebrations are very low profile. There has to be some minimum celebration for in-house guests,’ said a source from Taj Palace. The Maple Town & Country Club, Gurgaon, also cancelled their celebrations.  The Soi Thai restaurant in Vasant Vihar has planned a quiet celebration with pianist Robert Tamang, who will play at the event.

The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa on Bangla Sahib Road, is also going in for a cosy evening with a wide variety of food to be served for the guests. Rajesh Khanna, head, food and beverage, says he has taken special security measures for safety of guests.
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