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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Be Prepared for a Dry Day or Two

In the West, a drink is just the thing you may need after a tiring day at work, but in India, don’t think that you can successfully find an alcoholic beverage to wet your whistle at any point of your day. There are dry days, hours, and even states, and alcohol sales are even illegal during certain holidays.

Don’t scour the city looking for some place—any place—where you may get just one drink on a dry day. You may end up in hot water. October 2 is a dry day throughout India. Other dry days may be announced if there is a national mourning of some sort. No public consumption of alcohol is allowed, and you risk arrest if you violate this law. People can drink in their own homes or private residences, though no alcohol will be sold that day.

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