This is your celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Celebrate good times, come on!
There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you
-Kool & the Gang
Kool and the Gang had the right idea. You never need a real reason to party, but the arrival of winters in my part of the world (North India, especially around Delhi) does deserve a celebration of its own.
No more rants about water logged roads or complaints about sweating in the sun, no more high electricity bills or sandals with socks (Wait! What?), for this is the occasion to get together and have fun.
Cool evenings with a lingering gentle breeze, foggy mornings that make you want to stay in bed a little longer, warm afternoons that are perfect to spend with family in the garden, winter comes equipped to elicit the right mood for mingling and merriment.
Holidays are just round the corner, it’s the end of the year, and there’s hope all around; hope from the New Year and what it always promises to bring. It’s a time for friends, for marriages and events; it’s the time for the best celebrations.
But wait. There’s something we’re missing.
What could possibly make this cheerfulness all the more exciting?
Food and drinks of course!
The sweet warmth of hot Badam milk (almond milk) and the warming sweetness of Jalebis, the perfect soup to start any meal – tomato basil with croutons is my favourite – all the yummiest kebabs – the Bhendi Bazaar Parantha from SodaBottleOpenerWala comes highly recommended – and the list goes on; there’s something magical when it comes to food during the winter months.
In addition, a recent alteration in the food industry has been the welcoming of seasonal menus. Chefs are now proudly experimenting with more seasonal produce and actually varying their menus to challenge tastes by focusing on what’s fresh and easily available.
There are new concepts originating in the industry as well with places like People & Co. where you can have a meal or a drink while enjoying a stand-up comedy performance. For those who love their food just the way it is, places like Café Delhi Heights continue to serve a menu that has been diverse and extensive from the beginning, trying to cater to all tastes and choices.
Now, while a warm meal will satisfy your hunger, when it comes to truly celebrating a special event or just a night out with friends, nothing works better than you know what (Wink, Wink, Nudge! Nudge!).
Yes! Like it or not – and I like it – alcohol is an integral part of any celebration. The opening of a bottle at a birthday, a wedding, or as it happened in my case, both on the same day.
Those glasses of Jacob’s Creek – if ever there was a more iconic wine brand – reducing the distance between couples out on dates and that bottle of “old” rum passed around friends new and old getting to know each other better.
The perfect glass of whiskey – on the rocks, with water, or soda… whatever is your favourite – in everyone’s hand as they sing and share stories around a bonfire and who can forget shots of vodka or tequila, a college favourite – between friends during a night out.
When had responsibly, and appreciated for its flavour and technique, alcohol can complement the best of meals and be that perfect ice-breaker during a gathering.
I come from a family that has always enjoyed alcohol in moderation. My father swears by Chivas and while I am more of a wine guy, lately my introduction to whiskey has made me more adventurous. A recent whiskey appreciation talk by Jameson that I attended impressed me especially since they have really integrated themselves in the Indian market by educating the amateur drinker about not just their brand but also what it takes to manufacture whiskey as it’s no menial task.
Then there’s my favourite foodie moment every winter; Barbeques. There’s nothing more fascinating and joyous than listening to the crackling of the coal or wood as it heats up and cooks various meats and vegetables out in the open, bringing love and affection between the people and eventually our stomachs. Kids playing in the background, gossip galore in the foreground, barbeques are the highlight of pleasurable cold evenings.
Winter and everything it brings is truly something I just #CantWaitToCelebrate
It is a time for joy. There’s change in the air – both literally and metaphorically – and while people might walk around arm in arm, bundled up for comfort, this is the moment when we unite and celebrate together, the end and the beginning, and so I end just the way I began, by quoting Kool and the Gang…
‘So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you”
Note: Please Drink Responsibly and Never Drink and Drive.