Swara Bhasker, actor
2020 helped me realize what my true ambitions are, and that is family and loved ones. We are preparing to spend New Year’s Eve in a beautiful Fort Hotel in Rajasthan with the extended family. This year, appreciation is my greatest take away: for my family, for my friends, for being sufficiently fortunate to live without receiving over half a year. As far as 2021 is concerned, it will be a job, work. The lockdown made me miss shooting and enormously on set. I want to be busy, to be busy relentlessly.
Aishwarya Nair Mathew, hotelier, and entrepreneur
I’m going to my native home this New Year’s Eve in Kannur, Kerala, for a private family weekend. ‘Krishna Leela’ is the home of my [CP Krishnan Nair who founded The Leela Group] grandfather and I have so many memories of growing up there. I expect to eat a lot of kallumakkaya (mussels) with chillies, turmeric and coconut made the local way, and I look forward to opening a Champagne 68 Salon, saved for a special occasion. Having gratitude for what you have brings you a life of bounty… That’s one lesson I’ll be bringing forward from 2020.
Madan Gowri, South India’s biggest YouTuber
I’m going to wing it myself to a hill station this year [I’m not disclosing which one because I’m going to pretend I don’t exist when my friends start inviting me to parties]. The intention is to go off the radar and play all-day video games. This year has taught me that to create good content, I don’t always need a big setup or a lot of support around me. I want to extend the learning to all aspects of my life, so the beginning of 2021 is a solitary one.
William Dalrymple, historian, and writer
I’m going to be trapped in a muddy Somerset family bubble, warding off mutant Covid-19 and dreaming of the Kerala coast near Trivandrum, where we saw and saw Annus Horribilis in 2019.
Rahul Dua, stand-up comic
Owing to night constraints, people are forced to celebrate my journey at home this year. I am not a New Year party guy, despite my stage persona. Everyone is normally out on the roads and who wants to be part of that, with Delhi traffic? I’ll take a relaxed step into the new year, with the people I really care about. Plus, a few weeks ago, I got married, so it’s going to be a very fresh start in 2021.