The Restaurant Caste System: Goras are the Brahmins, Stags the Outcast

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The Restaurant Caste System: Goras are the Brahmins, Stags the Outcast

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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hile standing in queue to get into a fancy, new restaurant recently, I was surprised to see that my family of four was given a seat before a group of five fresh-faced boys, even though the young chaps had arrived before us. Their excitement, and the hilarity being shared within the group didn’t help their cause much. Neither did the fact that they smelled like they had each dunked themselves in a tub of perfume and dried off in a field of hair gel.

Soon after we settled down, a white couple walked in. To my surprise, they too were seated before our stag party, offering me a chance to come to an insightful realisation. Indian restaurants, pubs, and lounges are the one place on earth where single, young men are at the bottom of the rung. In the restaurant world, they make up the Sad Stag group.

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