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At The Three Zero Opera

Goa lived up to its hype as a millennium hotspot, but it was low-key elsewhere

At The Three Zero Opera
At The Three Zero Opera
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So where were you when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1999? Times Square, the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, Ibiza, Goa or simply watching Titanic with a sinking feeling? It was meant to be the night of a thousand stars, a never-to-be-repeated event, a moment to be savoured for 1,000 long years. So did you have the time of your life, or was it just another night, another year turning, one more occasion to bring out the booze and the biryani?

For the hip and happening in Mumbai and Delhi, there was no place like Goa. Baga and Anjuna could well have been Breach Candy or Greater Kailash market, with a virtual roll call of all those who matter socially washing up on its beautiful shores. Check this list: Queenie Singh and Raja Dodi, Noyonika Chatterjee, Nina Manuel, Madhu and Naresh Trehan, Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej with daughters and grandchild, Shobha De with family, Atul Punj, Hari and Kavita Bhartiya, Manish and Aditi Modi, Aarti and Kailash Surendranath, Geetanjali Kashyap along with husband, Namrata Shirodkar, Priya Paul, Mehr and Arjun Ramphal, even out-of-hiding Malini Ramani, were just some of tens and thousands that partied non-stop till they had firmly brought in the new century. Vijay Mallya partied in style with a yacht on sea and a Lexus and Alpha Romeo on land. Remarks Harmeet Bajaj, faculty member at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, with a happy sigh: "This was my first time in Goa. I gave in to all the hype." Also to the sun, sand and the surf. The BBC had billed it to be the fourth hottest destination and the buzz on D-day only confirmed it.

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