Once again all you decent people hold on to your hearts on New Yearâ€™s eve in Shimla , Manali and other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh , and get ready for the annual punishment , the annual insult !
Get ready for the noise , the chaos , the bands of shrieking drunken young men driving like mad men on the Kalka-Shimla road or jostling and harassing the crowds on Shimlaâ€™s Mall and the Ridge .
Get ready for the overpowering smell of reeking liquor in the cold winter air . In short get ready for a fight with these unruly men if youâ€™re brave and reckless .
Get ready to ruin your evening once again , walk home in frustration and anger and wonder what you have done to deserve this , year after year .
A warning , if youâ€™re with ladies , be prepared for a worse evening as these hooligans will shout even more at the sight of a woman on the streets .
And donâ€™t expect the policemen to help you . Forget it , the cops like always will just stand by meekly or look the other way.
They wonâ€™t even stop these lawless men from drinking openly on the streets , usually unheard of in Shimla .
For decades now the cops have been instructed by the top police officials and the government to be gentle with excited new year revellers .
After all we must play good pahari hosts and promote tourism , how else will the state get revenue .
So what if many of the tourists choose not to behave like civilised people on new yearâ€™s eve . So what if many of these brats come here only for a day , often only for a few hours.
So what if many of them donâ€™t spend a pie here . They fuel in the cars from the neighbouring states . They even carry cheap liquor and packed food with them .
Many donâ€™t even hire a hotel room . Shopping in Shimla is the last thing on their minds .
When they have left they only leave behind , garbage and bad memories for the local and the decent tourist .
They remind me of the western movies . Lawless bandits trotting in on horses into a quiet Texan town some 150 years ago .
Then they walk into a bar and an inn , glare around to see if any of the locals is looking for a fight . Then they simply just fire in the air and shriek like ruffians .
They know the sheriff of the county and his men will not have the guts to take them on , besides for some absurd reason the sheriff has been told to be nice to the guests !