Bowling, badminton and Bollywood for Indian New Year

Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:12am EST
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By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) - Urban Indians are making the most of new-found economic independence and confidence this New Year's Eve to shed traditional celebrations for the delights of bowling, go-karting, indoor golf and other diversions.

Leisure sports, badminton and volleyball competitions as well as musical productions are some of the activities Indians with a bit of money will choose to do and see this New Year's eve instead of long family dinners, drinking and nightclubs.

It's time do something exciting and adventurous like playing sports, go-karting, night badminton and volleyball competitions," said Ritika, Delhi-based interior designer.

"I don't want to end my year on a gastronomical high with a five course meal and some premium spirits."

Some of India's urban professional young have exhausted their taste for the big buffets and massive live music parties that have been a feature of New Year's eve in the last decade.

"Quaffing copious quantities of alcohol as some sensuous girl moves her body in front of you is a thing of the past for me," said Jaideep Ahuja, a senior banker. "I have had an eyeful of those giant dance floors."

To keep up with changing tastes, organizers in New Delhi have pumped money into less lavish pastimes and the kind of fun that's good for the whole family.

Dozens of bowling alleys have popped up in a cricket-mad nation which appears to have also taken a shine to rolling the big ball at the pins.   Continued...