Angry locals destroy a toddy shop
following an adulterated liquor tragedy at Kuttippuram in Malappuram district on Monday.
You get the tastiest ducks in the backwaters of Kumarakom, and if you have an adventurous streak in you, you're likely to find a toddy shop
offering the delicacy, spiked with chillies to increase your desire for the liquid nourishment.
It's coastal seafood festival, which has been matter- of- factly christened Samudra, powered by a talented young man from Chennai, Saneesh Varghese, who grew up in Pazhanganadu near Ernakulam, where he was initiated into cooking by his grandfather and where the roast duck of the local toddy shop
was the stuff of legends.
Another characteristic of Mallus' land is that it is spotted with nearly 2000 foreign liquor shops and 6000 toddy shops
. The peculiar thing is that Mallus have to publicize their over-drinking with abusive languages on the street and violent behaviours at home inflicting sorrow and shame to their own family members.
Ramachandran (MGR) who actively canvassed against liquor, lifted prohibition in 1981, only to close down all arrack and toddy shops
early in 1987.
Yet, as the English East India Company moved into Arakan and Tenasserim--outlying territories of the kingdom's large mandala--after the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824, among the first institutions it imported from British Bengal was the retail opium-licensing system, alongside similar revenue-farming arrangements for gambling and toddy shops
. A certain amount of trial and error followed.
According to Rao, "The Toddy tappers were badly neglected in the undivided state (of Andhra Pradesh) because people from the community "were not even allowed to live on their own" as "the Toddy Shops
in Hyderabad were closed, to benefit the liquor lobby."