The corner liquor shops are quite disreputable in Gurgaon. If my male friends have to pick up beer from such a shop, they make sure I am not left alone in the car, particulalrly at night. They would of course not let me go and pick up a beer from such a shop (it is a different matter in pubs and malls, there the atmosphere is different and if one chooses to have a drink particularly in a group, no eyebrows are going to be raised).
Coming back to Pelling, my eyes almost fell out of the sockets when I saw a lady peacefully running a corner liquor shop. No wonder, I feel so much more safer in hills than in big cities. A lady running the corner liquor shop without getting any trouble is something quite umimaginable in Gurgaon.