Themed parties at Gaj Kesri

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“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali.

A great friendship is irreplaceable — it can inspire you to grow into a better version of yourself. If you have a friend who motivates you, return the favor and be their number one cheerleader. When your friends make you smile, it’s a beautiful and heartwarming thing. Sometimes sappy sayings are just the thing to make your friend feel special and appreciated.

Stagnant water does not look nice, but the moving water pleases us when we throw a stone into it. In the same way, we should never stop or give up in life. Enjoy life to the fullest. Cherish every moment of it. To be happy is good but to remain optimistic in adverse circumstances is commendable. If we think of the pandemic (Covid 19), many people lost their hope and became depressed, but the
brave and fun-loving enjoyed that part also just by being positive at heart.

I thought of organizing a theme party with my friends. I am a north Indian, but I have loved South Indian food since my childhood.My husband often says,” Dolly, you should have married aSouth Indian boy.” We decided to have a traditional South Indian-themed friends get together.

It took me no time to decide the venue for our event. No place could be better than Gaj Kesri. I had attended many birthday parties and weddings there, along with Valentine’s day events earlier here. Gaj Kesri is a  beautiful hotel with eclectic vibes, splendid ambiance, great architecture, lush green lawns, excellent hospitality, tasty and sumptuous food.

On the day of the party, all ladies arrived in a festive mood dressed in off-white and gold, Kerela Kasavu sarees wearing beautiful temple jewelry. I welcomed them with fragrant jasmine garlands, which later adorned their hair spreading its sweet fragrance around. The place was aesthetical with a big fresh flower rangoli, scented candles, and banana leaves for our high tea.

The moment we entered, I felt transported to South India. A Kathakali figurine was placed at the entrance, which added an element of fun to our photos as all friends started clicking pictures with it and started chatting non-stop!

We enjoyed the cool coconut water under shady trees, played some games, and then watched the dance performances by everyone. We were served a delicious pineapple rasam along with crispy raw banana fritters.

Our main course included Mysore masala dosa, idly, sambhar coconut chutney, tomato chutney, and hot vada’s. We polished off the meal with a steaming hot filter coffee. Some of my friends had cutting chai. A moist and soft coconut barfi was our dessert for the day. We all enjoyed the fun banter as we savored the high tea.

It was wonderful meeting my friends after so long, and the perfectly synchronized themed party became so memorable. We all returned home with some fabulous memories from my party and look forward to creating more very soon.

By Alka Dolly Pathak