Reflection in a mug of beer
Is difficult. I do drink, but much much more moderately than, say, this summer. Vesak and Poya are also holidays, so one presumes to have a beer with friends. Alas, under Mahinda’s Maththa Thitha, Sri Lanka goes legally dry for a long while on Vesak. Of course, more than 50% of alcohol consumption here is homebrewed Kasippu, but the statement is made for politics sake. This is just the way it is, but there are a few ways to get around the temporary prohibition. There is, of course, Kasippu which is constantly available if you know where to go. Which I don’t. Then there is ones own liquor cabinets, as in Pakistan or Bangladesh. This I do not have, but I have raided my parents pretty thoroughly if only to supply a suddenly dry birthday party and trip (sorry, will replace). Then there are hotels which have mini-bars and often show Fashion TV to boot. Finally, there are a few places which pay off the cops and will always serve.
Most of the options go without mentioning. Stocking one’s liquor beforehand just requires planning. On the night before Poya the liquor store is packed with Johnnie’s holding fifths of arrack. Most houses have a bottle of scotch or something. What the prohibition really cuts down on is light alcohol – like beer or wine. No one is going to stock such low quantities, so perhaps people get more wasted on hard stuff.
Hotels are another option. They won’t serve you, but you can raid the mini-bar. I was once in Negombo and we drank all the beer in two rooms. Then we called room service and said the mini-bars were empty. They dutifully refilled it. There are places that will serve, mostly sketchy beachside joints. There’s a place in Mount Lavinia you should know, as well as one in Hikkaduwa. Those are places that regularly pay off the cops and do as they place.
So, all in all, you can have your day off work and drink it too.