Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Looking for fun activities for the holiday season? Here are some interesting suggestions. Choose from music and film making to rock climbing and culture tours, to close 2012 and ring in 2013! Food Copper Chimney is celebrating the festive season with a special New Year Special Kebab Festival till the end of December. Some must try kebabs we recommend Mutton Seekh Masala (minced lamb skewered with cooked in a tandoor, and tossed in a tomato gravy), Angoor ke Chaap (tangy lamb chops flavoured with honey and freshly ground spices), Murgh Dahi Lasooni (chunks of chicken marinated with cheese, topped with tempered yogurt flavoured with crushed garlic) and Jhinga Jaitooni (Tiger prawns marinated in cream, with olives, capers, and parsley and cooked in a tandoor). Vegetarians can try Tandoori Aloo Methi, Karari Lasooni Palak Seekh, and Paneer Tulsi Tikka (a pas de deux between basil and cardamom over paneer, marinated with cheese and further enhanced by roasted walnut) among other options. Also try the Arbi (colacasia) Ke Tuk cooked to crisp perfection and seasoned with freshly ground spices. Where: 12-A, Lotus Court, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli , Mumbai When: All of December, 2012 Contact: 022 42124212 Celebrate the New Year with Di Napoli's New year Special Menu. You can try the regulars or opt for the new menu which includes dishes like dishes like Eggplant Parmigiana, Wild Mushroom Ravioli in Parmesan butter stock and Lamb Shank with saffron risotto. Sea food lovers can try Herb-crusted pink Salmon, broccoli with creamy dill sauce. Di Napoli also has special offers on bottles of wine/champagne - 10% off on the first one, 15% off on the second one and 20% off on 3 and more. Where: Di Napoli, G2 Dalamal Towers, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 21 Contact: 022 43473200 Animation This new year, give your child a chance to explore animation in an innovative way at the Egyptoons Workshop for kids. Tehzeeb Khurana is hosting an this animation workshop on Saturday, 29th December for kids 7-14 years of age, as part of “Mummy: The Inside Story”, an exhibition unraveling the mystery of the Egyptian Mummy. Tehzeeb is Founder, Toon Club and has over 9 years experience in Animation Education for Kids and having taught kids across several top schools in Mumbai. Children are requested to carry their own pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, a geometry set and scissors. Where: Prince of Wales Museum / C 159/161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai , Mumbai, 400 023, India When: Saturday, 29th December, 2012 Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Price: Rs. 2000/person Contact: 9167606469 Music This Friday lay your hands on a Djembe and learn to play it at the Djembe Learning Workshop organised by Arts In Motion. Djembe is a goblet drum played with bare hands and can produce a variety of sounds, making it one of the most versatile drums in a large percussion ensemble. And it will be taught by none other than renowned musician Taufiq Quereshi, son of the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha and brother of Ustad Zakir Hussain. The workshop is open for both beginners and advanced level students of the Djembe across 12 one hour long sessions held over the weekends. Where: Arts in Motion Dance studio, 39/44 T V Chidambaran Marg, Sion East,, Mumbai, 400022 When: Friday, 28th, December, 2012 to Sunday, 10th, February, 2013 Time: Beginner’s classes on Sundays 1:30pm – 2:30pm and Advance classes on Sundays 2:30pm – 3:30pm Price: Rs.3700 for the 12 sessions course Contact: 9167606469 Adventure If you are seeking an adrenaline rush to close the year, take a one day rock climbing adventure trip to Naneghat on the weekend! Blueberry Trails is organizing a trip to the Naneghat fort and the Naneghat caves on Saturday, 29th December. The plan includes trekking to the Naneghat fort, rock climbing on the way up, exploring the fort and the view from the top, exploring the Naneghat caves and rappelling on the way down, plus a jungle trek if your up for it. I think that sounds like a recipe for an action packed adventure weekend! Where: Naneghat, Ghatghar, Maharashtra (200 kms from Mumbai) When: Saturday, 29th December, 2012 Price: Rs 1650 per person inclusive of travel by bus and meals (breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks), equipment required for the rock climbing activity and guidance by a trip coordinator. Contact: Shawn 9920842186 Film making Interested in the art of film making? If you are, then you may find the Music In Cinema workshop happening over the weekend a great way to get an insight into the craft. Being conducted by Vinod Sreedhar, a self-taught musician who has been making music for the past 15 years and has also composed scores commercially for television, the workshop will include watching film clips, analyzing inspiring background scores and musical pieces in film and understanding how music, sound and SFX are used in effective storytelling and evoking audience emotions. Where: Aakash Jyot, Patel Heritage, Sector 7, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, 410210 When: Saturday, 29th December, 2012 Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Price: Rs. 1500 Contact: 9167606469 Travel If you are planning an early new year trip, consider a Culture Workshop in Rajasthan on a planned tour with Blueberry Trails. January is a great time to visit the state and the journey pans from Udaipur to Pushkar, giving you a glimpse of Rajasthani lifestyle, culture and traditions. Experience stays in ornate Havelis, a royal boat ride on Pichola lake, visit to palaces, treks flower plantations on hills, camel safaris, sunset on the Pushkar ghats and a chance to interact with local miniature artists. Also on the must visit list are the colourful markets and cafes. Trip cost is inclusive of pick up from Udaipur arrival point, accommodation travel from Udaipur to Ajmer-Pushkar, all trip activities, breakfast, drop to to departure point in Ajmer. Where: A 604 Kiran Tower, Malad (w), Opp Toyota Showroom, Mumbai, 400064, When: Wed, 16th, January, 2013 to Sun, 20th, January, 2013 Time: 5 days & 4 nights Price: Rs. 14,800 Contact: 9167606469 Have fun, take care and here is wishing all our readers a bright and happy new year!