New Year’s Eve for me, was a whole lot like the last New Year’s eve. I went to work not knowing where I was going to be spending the evening as I had 3 options on the table. There was this resort thing that got canceled at the last minute (not the event but the free passes that my friends & I were supposed to get), a party at a hotel that was too expensive and I didn’t have the money. So I was waiting for the day to get over and run to the ATM and decide what to do. I almost decided to have a quite dinner by myself with a couple of drinks, when my dad called. He said that my sister was trying to contact me and ask me to come over for dinner & a party at her place. Since some of my cousins would also be there the issue was solved.
So I left the office at around 7:15 pm and made my way over to Sherine’s apartment and on the way she called me. Apparently she got my current cell phone number mixed with a number that I had temporarily used for a little while in January. She had switched phones and got my number mixed and called up this dude who turned out to be an idiot. That guy then started calling her back, even when she said that she got the wrong number. What an asshole!
So I got to her place and was so disappointed to see just my dad & mom there along with my sisters’ kids. But soon three of my cousins joined in – Suraj with his wife & baby son, Kannanchettan with his wife & son and Arun with….no one! My sister & brother-in-law had bought some delicious beef, some prawns, and some chips for the snacks to go along with the drinks. There was some ice cream too, which we had after 12:30 am.
So onto the drinks part – we had whiskey and two big bottles of it. I normally don’t drink whiskey but it was alright for the night. I had about 4 large whiskeys mixed with liberal splashes of pepsi. I had Johnny Walker but the other men mostly had some other brand which I am not familiar with. The beef was excellent. We talked and joked a lot and played with my neice & Suraj’s son who only went to sleep after midnite! He is just 6 or 7 months old.
And finally the clock struck 12 and I bet we were among the quietest parties in town. We sat down for some fried rice, porottas, chicken roast & paneer curry and slowly made our way back to our homes. It was pleasant and quite and safe.
Next year, I’m having a big blast!