Day 24: Rawalpindi
Before I buy I have to fill in a permit, which requires me, among other things, to give my father's name and my religion.
'Agnostic?' I suggest, trying to be completely honest.
The man at the counter looks blankly back.
'Agnostic with doubts,' I write down, and hand back the form. This entitles me to six units of alcohol a month, a unit being one bottle of spirits or 20 bottles of beer. I buy a bottle of Vat No.1 Rawalpindi whisky at a cost of 350 rupees (about £3.50), which the attendant wraps in brown paper and hands through the bars to me.
'Drink only in room,' he cautions. 'Not in public.'
I nod, grateful for the advice. He must have got the measure of me, for as I turn away he shouts hopefully.
'I do gin!'
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