Day before yesterday, I took the customary three hour bus ride from Pune to Bombay, and found myself sitting next to a retd. Major General of Indian army. Within the next fifteen minutes, he gave me the recipe to make wine in India, the Indian way --
"Pour 20 kg of grapes inside a giant mud container... the one that's normally used to keep water thanda (cool), fill that up with water, and add sugar enough to fill one fifth of the container. Then roll your sleeves and start smashing the grapes, so that they split apart. Then put some yeast, and close the container (make sure its airtight as much as possible). Put half a bottle of rum. Now forget about it for four months. Then open it up and mix everything well again. Close it back, and then forget about it for next 3 months. After that, just filter out the liquid and your wine's ready to serve (of course, after you have chilled it)."
Interesting. I almost feel like trying rightaway. But, is it worth taking the risk of 20kg of grapes and incessant urges to open the container and check the "status"?
However, from wine recipe, we got into the conversation about the latest moral policing in Bandstand, Mumbai -- apparently, holding hands or kissing is now considered obscene behavior, and couples caught red-handed are instantly taken to jail and their parents informed. Of course, all this apart from a fine of 1200 rupees.
Amazing. Why do I think I have heard this before? The land of Kamasutra, now with a ban on kissing. What's next?