Celebrating the good times

The Pune Derby weekend that concluded on Sunday was a combination of horses,beer and Bratwurst which carried on late into the evening at the race course even after the Nanoli Pune Million Derby was won by Commander.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: October 16, 2012 2:59 am

The Pune Derby weekend that concluded on Sunday was a combination of horses,beer and Bratwurst which carried on late into the evening at the race course even after the Nanoli Pune Million Derby was won by Commander. The members area was filled with rows of benches on which race enthusiasts sat chit-chatting over mugs of German beer and bottles of lemonade. Children ran around,painting on sheets of paper or dancing to the live music. Die Vagabunden,the band from Munich,who like to call themselves the Hammer band,gave the perfect carnival like atmosphere at the race course for the Oktoberfest. The musicians,Gerald on lead guitars,Johannes on the drums,Flo on the keyboard,Kurt on the trumpet,Marcel on the clarinet,and vocalist Harvey on bass dished out all-time-crowd favourites – English rock and pop numbers and some Bavarian tracks to get the crowd grooving on their seats. “We enjoyed playing in India. The audience is very interactive and encouraging. We hope to be back soon,” says Kurt. Some of the guests were inspired to shake a leg to the music. “The Oktoberfest was a wonderful three-day celebration. I indulged in lots of beer and food which reminded me of home. I enjoyed the conversations with the condiments and I am looking forward for the festival to return next year,” says Flora Kosovolov,a German national living in the city.

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