Chennaiites think out of the box to welcome 2022 – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Pods, bubbles, and containers – This time around in Chennai, New Year is getting up close and personal. While some party-goers are out and about booking in at star hotel events, others are choosing to party in a box.
Architect Satish Jayabalan of Chennai-based DesignWorks for instance has created an Indonesian-themed villa inside a prefabricated container, which can be booked for family vacays. The 1800 square foot, three-bedroom temporary structure comes with a pool and private chef as well. “We’re already booked out by families who want to spend Christmas and New Year together. The villa has a large living and dining space, so families get time to bond over meals,” says Satish. “The villa is pet-friendly too, so it has become popular with those who don’t want to leave any family member behind on a holiday.” Also, it’s right on the beach in Kovalam, making it the perfect way to get away from the bustle of the city.
Gunit Singla of Uncle Sam’s Kitchen says with the fear of the pandemic still in the air, the catering company’s ‘Party In a Box’ concept has taken off like never before. “This year it seems to be about friends and families getting together, safely,” says Gunit, who adds that the party in a box, is a large container that includes themed food (from Indian to Mexican and continental), soft drinks, juices, disposable and biodegradable crockery, and cutlery and everything else you will need for a gathering of 15-20 people in your home. Including a garbage bag, “so you have no excuses for disposing of your waste the right way,” she says.
At the Grand Chola, inquiries are coming in about dining in ‘gourmet bubbles’, or the spaces created by the hotel for those who want to dine in private. The bubbles can accommodate 8-15 people depending on the space available.
At some homes too, the ‘private party pod’ is surfacing for New Year’s Eve. At the home of Anu Prasad, for instance, in Mahalingapuram, the entire ground floor is dedicated to her get-togethers with friends. “The family’s living and dining space are on the first floor and away from the party pod,” she says. “This year, I am planning to split my New Year party into two,” says Anu, who runs Stonez n Pebblez, which exports landscaping stones. “One party on December 30 and the other on December 31. Some may end up ringing in the New Year a day early, but in these times, it’s safety first. For me, it means twice the fun.”