If you change your mind, I am in room 116

3
Mar
2007

So we checked into this posh place in Periyar, as I said in the previous post. This place reminds me of some of the nicest lodges in American parks, and we are pretty happy to be here, even though we know that there is no going in or out of the park once it closes at 6pm. We figure no problem, as we notice that the hotel has a bar (they call it a “Beer Parlour”). We get settled in, take a walk around a bit, have our boat ride and come downstairs for our included buffet dinner. We decide that before dinner, we will stop by the Beer Parlour for a drink. We then discover to our horror that this is a “dry day” in Kerela and they can’t serve us. What?! What are we paying for in this dump?! I try to calmly explain to the staff that we are foreign and are not subject to their arcane drinking laws and that they should serve us anyway. They smile and nod and tell me this is not possible. I then ask our waiter at dinner if he can get us a beer and he too explains that this is a dry day. I ask if he can get us beer if we were to pay for a special “drinking license” just for us, wink wink. He smiles and says no. I ask if tomorrow is a dry day and he tells me no it is not. “Can we get a beer at one minute after midnight?” I ask hopefully. He tell me that the restaurant closes at eleven. After consulting my colleagues, I tell him we will pay extra. He shakes his head no, smiling nonetheless. My last, desperate sounding words to him are “If you change your mind, I am in room 116.”


From Periyar

Comments

  1. lalimangla says:

    “I try to calmly explain to the staff that we are foreign and are not subject to their arcane drinking laws and that they should serve us anyway.”

    Huh? You’re a foreigner so that makes you above the law? By that logic, no laws of any nation other than your own should apply to you. That’s quite a sense of entitlement you carry, don’t you? How about this? You’re a foreigner — a person in someone else’s lands — try respecting the local laws.

    For someone on a spiritual journey, seems kinda sad you make such a hubbub about having to go one day without alcohol…

  2. Stephen says:

    To be honest, all of the above was in jest. Sorry you took personal offense. I look forward to your continued readership.

  3. BOB says:

    Ungly American!! or whatever they call us in India