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Guwahatians and Day Time Drinking

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 09, 2020 10:29 hrs

Although a little strange, but I guess I understand why the administration decided on opening up bars in Guwahati after keeping their doors remaining shut for over 5 months. 

What has caused the commotion among owners and potential customers is the timing set by the admin. Bars would be allowed to operate between 10 am to 5 pm. Now, 10 am is a time where people are in their offices and 5 pm is a time when people are headed back home from work; and if I stay at work until 5 pm when do I get to drink?

Let’s be clear, I don’t think that the administration is trying to promote “day-time drinking.” That privilege is reserved for the entitled bureaucracy anyway. This move is purely to excite business owners and citizens about things returning to normal. Otherwise, under normal circumstances, we’d not be shutting down bars and liquor stores at 5 pm. The administration does not consider us mature enough to handle our liquor anyway.

There is a narrative about this move being a ploy by the administration to have bars renew their licenses on the pretext of being “open” and make an extra buck in the process. But I guess nobody is really going to vouch for this.

And the ones cribbing about this decision are the set of people who choose to ignore “life in the new normal” and are finding it difficult to move on. I get it, Corona is THAT ex-girlfriend! 

The next normal would be to reduce the curfew hours and allow businesses to remain open for longer, and thus step into the “new normal.”

In any case, 10 am to 5 pm is a universally accepted time to get rid of hangovers so that you can get back on the horse by 10 pm, but since that’s not happening, let’s train the body for some day-time drinking.

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