Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I have a blast in Indonesia with some fellow bloggers checking out Bandung and the Asian African conference.. more on that later, but I’ve been posting lots of pics on my instagram and facebook.
  • So, the blog has been mentioned on a few things over the past two weeks but I won’t always be sharing that anymore because I’ve come to realize some people link to blogs in order to get them to link back! Weird blogging logic… but unless it’s something really cool, it won’t be on here :)
  • I’m back in Goa for a week then off to Hawaii next week. Ben has a job out there so I am tagging along and going to explore Maui while he works. If you have tips, please shoot them over. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t googled it at all and am completely winging it!

Now your story,

Have you ever heard of a “dry day”? I was familiar with some alcohol laws in the US because I used to be a cashier at a grocery store. If I remember correctly, on Sunday you can’t buy alcohol before 12 noon in Ohio.

In India there are many alcohol laws. They keep trying to make it banned in Kerala, a state which has a very high rate of alcoholism. In Kerala, they don’t allow sales of booze on the 1st of the month because people will blow their whole paycheck… or as least I’ve heard that’s the logic.

Most or all holidays are “dry days” and it’s taken very seriously. Actually even restaurants like Thalassa clear the bar and take away all the alcohol on these days. In supermarkets, there will be a blanket over the booze with a sign explaining it’s a dry day.

Alcohol is prohibited in some states like Gujarat, Manipur, Nagaland, and Lakshwadeep (an island). Technically, you’re supposed to be 25 to drink liquor in Mumbai, but I think you’re allowed wine with a meal or something like this. But, to be fair I have never seen someone be carded EVER in India. The age varies state to state. I told what happened when I went to a wine shop in Kerala as a female!

The last time they tried an alcohol ban in Kerala that I can remember, they said liquor can only be sold in 5 star resorts. A clever Indian saw around this and put a sign that said “5 star hotel” on his little street side shack, but I can’t find the photo online anywhere!

This is India!

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