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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Last orders: dear 2013, you’re up!
Serena Menon, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, December 28, 2012
First Published: 13:59 IST(28/12/2012)
Last Updated: 17:57 IST(28/12/2012)

Dear 2013,
I know no one gave you a lot of thought as Doomsday stole all the attention, but since that turned out to be a massive no-show, congratulations, you’re back in the spotlight. As for me, I’ve had enough of the glare with all that drama and those nightclub raids. It’s time for me to retire now. And to make your initiation easier, I’ve stabilised the nightlife situation in Mumbai quite a bit.

Over the last 12 months, I’ve trained the city in more than one skill set and taught them many a life lesson. Now, they seem a little more united, and even a little less laidback. They now know that along with age proof, carrying a permit to drink (despite being of age) is a necessity.

Those who live north of Santacruz have cut down on loud get-togethers lest they get busted as rave parties. Restaurateurs don’t hesitate before cutting off entry when overcrowded, no matter what the occasion. And even the average drinker at a bar prides him or herself in knowing the laws that concern him or her verbatim.

Making the patrons smile isn’t tough anymore. Just leave some pubs open beyond 1.30 am and ta-da! Because the situation in Mumbai was bad, Pune and Nasik were explored as entertainment hubs. The hire-a-driver service, PHD, has also set up shop in Pune as a result.

I’ve also been told that it was during my stay that the government granted microbreweries in the state the permission to sell beer kegs via restaurants. And with Mumbai’s first microbrewery also due soon, this is beery good news indeed.

Some tasks I have left for you to stay occupied with. Remind the chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, of the statement he made about bettering Mumbai’s nightlife to enhance tourism. He promised that he would do something about it, but we haven’t heard from him since. 

Other than that, I saw some bars shut, and tens more open around them; I heard people crib about the city’s nightlife and then completely forget there ever was a problem the next week. You’ll probably face the same situations, but play it by year. Try not to make things any tougher for the city; there are already people who do that as their full-time jobs.  

Cheers, 2012.
P.S. If you haven’t heard of this police officer called Vasant Dhoble, you might want to Google him for general knowledge. I made him a bit of an international celebrity this year. Don’t ask.


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