Hey, while I am writing this, I realize we are about to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome the New Year 2017 with parties and celebrations all around.

Thinking of party and having fun, made me remember a recent experience. It was the Dussehra holidays for the little ones in the family so we planned a short vacation in a resort in Bangalore called the RD’s Nature Retreat. With fun filled activities promised,  the excitement of kids was unimaginable. My daughter convinced her cousin to come along as they are of same age and love to enjoy together. The best attraction in the resort was staying a night in a tent house. I know it’s no big deal for us but for children, it was a great excitement.

As planned, we all packed and left for the resort. We loved the beautiful place filled with natural sceneries all around and many recreational activities and games. Kiddos loved the fun filled & playful day with activities such as rock climbing, rope walking, boating, mohawk walk, swing bridge, tyre walk, archery and finally rain dancing. By sunset, they were totally tired, yet were excited to sleep in a tent and were eager to experience it. Trust me, they even brought their sleeping bags from home which is actually used for camping trips.

We had our dinner and all got ready to sleep. The tent was put up ready in the evening by the resort helpers. Right before we all were settled in our cozy tent houses, a big group of bachelor youngsters came in two huge cars just to party and spend the night. As there was no other place, the resort people put up tents for these guys also, next to ours. That was a hell of a night after that. They started their campfire party with such loud music tha the noise was unbearable for us. With the acknowledgement of the fact that it was a paid public property, we waited until 1 AM. Kids could not sleep well and started to be afraid of the noise. Hence we requested the partying guys to keep sounds to minimal. A few laughed at us while a few tried to fight us. Fearing the safety, my husband called the resort manager and requested for a room. We all shifted to the room with shared beds and spent a horrible night. Kids were really disappointed.

Dear people, I am sharing this experience only to convey that while you party, be sensitive to your surroundings. There might young children; infants, an old person who might have a weak heart. Making noise and using substance abuse is not the only way of celebrating and having a party. Have fun, but ensure that you do not disturb the peace of others.

All I want to say is – Live Happily and Let Others Live Happily. Have a great year ahead!