June 9, 2004
Jim Secreto reports from Pushkar, India, where meat and eggs are outlawed:
There is a fun story to it all: I found one restaurant that was still serving food despite the absolute lack of tourist and ended up going there a few times. On my third visit, the boisterous, pot-belled boss called me over and whispered, in hushed, quite tones, “I have egg. I make omelets. You want you let me know.” He proceeded to show me an actual egg, and he and I nodded in mutual understanding that the egg availability should be kept on the down low. I didn’t try the contraband eggs, but I couldn’t help wondering what the consequences are for getting caught with eggs. Are egg dealers dealt with more harshly than egg users? Are the authorities more lenient toward first time egg offenders?
I should have asked.