Whenever I see the advertisement where a youngster asks his uncle what kind of a girl he would like to marry, and the latter lists out a few requirements, I am reminded of what my friends and I told our parents. A strict NO No to someone who smokes and drinks, we had insisted. It was a time when a teetotaler was considered a prude and an old fashioned country bum who was a mis fit to associate with High Society. A teetotaler continues to be so even now after decades. However I had always been curious to watch how people talk/ ramble and behave under the influence of hard drinks which they consider as the ‘elixir’ of life! I did have a few occasions to do so, it amuses and at the same time pains me when I think of the embaressment it causes the person’s family. I have noticed people becoming tipsy and going crazy immediately after swallowing a few pegs, rambling away endlessly with blood shot eyes, looking frightful. Some go a step further, not only losing control of their tongue but their behavior as well! They themselves may not be conscious of this and it matters little to them that those around wait to make a hasty exit from the scene.
n.meera raghavendra rao