The Indian love boat on Sydney harbour

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By Manju Mittal

Oz eventos organised Valentine’s Day Fusion Cruise in the beautiful Sydney Harbour with amazing sunset and fireworks n’ cocktail party for couples only.   People enjoyed an exceptional experience of the peak summers on the night prior to Valentine day on February 13, 2016.

It was a hot muggy weather and a long drive, traffic jam longer than anticipated when I finally reached at King Street Wharf. I was late by 15 minutes and missed the boat as cruise departed as scheduled and saw the boat moving away in the far horizon when suddenly was surprised to see one of the organiser waiting for us at the King Street Wharf.   There were more people like us who had missed the boat. Call it the Indian standard time or the Sydney traffic but our patience paid off when the cruise picked us up after about half an hour. We heaved a sigh of relief as we boarded and went up the deck  as the cool breeze calmed us. As we sipped the drinks provided slowly we got into mood forgetting the mad rush we had left behind.   Live music and the  wonderful harbour views calmed us for an evening that unfolded into a really enjoyable cruise.

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The Valentine cruise theme was Tux & Gown. Valentine is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. Couples just loved the romantic date on the shimmering water and  the Sydney skyline on this special evening to celebrate Valentine’s Day. People mixed and mingled with each other making friends while enjoying spectacular views.

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Highlight of the cruise was when our local talented singers,  Sadiq Rehmani and Aditi Janveja entertained the guests with their beautiful romantic songs. Sadiq was brilliant as he sang while playing on his guitar. Aditi, a passionate singer, who loves to experiment with different genres of songs, started off with soft romantic numbers delighting the guests with her fresh and soothing voice. Amit Anand is an IT professional and singer by passion, his melodic voice touched the chord with the audience. His Kishore Kumar nostalgic number set an exciting passionate romantic mood for the evening.

What was unexpected was the superb sound from Dilip Bhave on drums and Saroj Pariyar playing on keyboard skilfully. Multitalented Dilip Bhave needs no introduction. He belongs to a family of musicians,  a versatile singer who can also play the keyboard, tabla, drums and the guitar.

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Fusion Cruise was a packed event though there was plenty of space for all of us to take great pictures of  the  sun set Harbour. Captain positioned the boat perfectly for viewing the fireworks. The couples sat on the roof holding hands to enjoy Sydney’s magnificent views. The sea was calm and little breeze reminded us we were on a boat and gliding gracefully over the water. The reflection of light on the water held a certain fascination as one felt lucky to be in a most romantic place on this planet.

Organising team Vidhisha Khetwani, Ekta Nankani and Natasha Khushalani did an excellent job by taking care of the guests and the rest. Evening ended with live DJ, games and Raffle prizes.

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Cruise came to an end at around 11pm, everyone back at the Wharf smiling, relaxed hoping for another fun filled cruise next year, all for a good cause that is to help ”˜Nanhi Kali’, an  NGO for Girl child education to educate girls in the remote villages of India for which Aussie marathon runner Pat Farmer is running from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. A truly romantic evening with a good cause, thank you oragnisers!




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