How Delhi de­fies dry days

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Etti Bali etti.bali@htlive.com

Due to the MCD Elec­tions in the Cap­i­tal, the party scene of the city took a hit. Sub­se­quently, Wed­nes­day will also be a dry day as it is when count­ing be­gins. But Delhi’s jugaad janta found its way around things. Here’s a first per­son ac­count of how the city sur­vived the no-bub­bly pol­icy:

We saw peo­ple who were ei­ther sit­ting in the com­fort of their cars, in­dulging in a good guz­zle. At Nehru Place, va­cant ta­bles and empty dance floors wel­comed us on a Fri­day night. In­ter­est­ingly, the park­ing lot had more peo­ple than these pubs. Some peo­ple present at the premises, on the con­di­tion of anonymity told us they had al­ready had their fill, while oth­ers were seen with bot­tles in their hands at the en­try. Some empty beer bot­tles were also spot­ted in the park­ing lot. So, while the sale of al­co­hol was pro­hib­ited for 48 hrs, Del­hi­ites seemed to be well-stocked. Tak­ing a de­tour to RK Pu­ram for din­ner, the scene was no dif­fer­ent. At a restau­rant in the vicin­ity, the ta­bles were laden with sushi and starters, but the wine flutes were miss­ing. “Pakka aaj dry day hai?,” a har­rowed guest asked the waiter, as he cursed his in­ter­net speed for not giv­ing him any an­swers. The foodie was happy, but the bub­bly lover in ev­ery Del­hi­ite, not so much.

Our shut­ter­bugs were out to cap­ture Delhi on a dry day. Empty beer bot­tles in park­ing lots and va­cant venues wel­comed us

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