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The consortium of pubgoing loose and forward women.

Hi all,
I’m sure the mangalore pub incident and the backlash and the backlash to the backlash will continue, I find a saddened state of affairs really.

The way I perceive, see it apart for cross culture, its also a growing culture of intolerance.

I find it extremely hard to support the Ram Sene on number of counts/reasons.

a. The people who were beat up (women in this case) were not under-aged.

b. They were frequenting an establishment which was laid by law.

c. the whole ‘women pub-culture’ thing. I don’t know/understand what they mean by pub-culture.

From what little or much I know of drinking of drinking is from self-experience and things around me. Let’s take popular culture (Indian cinema) as a guiding light for pictures for wrong or right have always been very much a mirror of Indian culture and times.

One of the first movies that come to my mind is Sahib,Bibi and Ghulam from 1962 where you find the first reference of women and alcohol (atleast in my limited cinematic knowledge)

There have been other references in number of movies where a women (other than the vamp has been showing nursing alcohol) . Many of the 70’s experimental cinema showed it.

Another mainstream movie which showed the same is the 1980’s film/movie Kalyug.

The only change from then to now would be that women used to drink within their own homes, now they choose to drink outside the home.

The other big change is that women during those times weren’t financially or socially independent while now they are (atleast much more)

The serious issue which should/could have been taken up is people’s (no genderization) inability to control their drink. I have seen and experienced both men and women loose it (literally) after drinking but then of course that is also their choice.

The only time I would have issue is drunk driving when they will and can hurt people. In fact wikipedia has a good page on the same.

If you look at India, then apart from Gujarat (which is supposed to have prohibition) the rest of the country is merry. In fact, what is/was really interesting is the issue being raked up in Rajasthan.

The worst I have seen of drinking problems is in Kerala as well as this but sadly those issues won’t be touched.

On a personal front as well, I have had drunk, both in pubs and outside and don’t think there’s any difference. The best pubs though I have to say are in Bangalore (specifically the one which is on M.G.Road in one of the by-lanes and plays heavenly 70’s rock music all the day long) . Of all the watering holes, I liked that one the best.

So, in the end hats of to the constorium of pub-going , loose and sometimes forward women, may your tribe increase 😉



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