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' Rave has nothing to do with drugs'.

THE word ' rave' is often misconstrued as a drug party. Frequent rave- goers say the word ' rave' has nothing to do with drugs and instead, rave parties are all about music and dance.

" It is a misconception that rave is about drugs. This association is media- created.

So anyone hearing about a rave party instantly imagines boys and girls sniffing some kind of powder. This is completely untrue," says Rima Roy ( name changed), a 27- year- old writer, who looks forward to attending weekend parties to get away from stress.

She adds, " There is no denying that drugs can happen at a rave party but not all rave parties mean drugs. In fact, why only a rave? Drugs can happen even at concerts and other parties." So what differentiates a rave from a regular party? Sonia Sharma ( name changed), a finance executive, says, " The music at rave parties is what differentiates it from the rest. At a good rave party, there are well- known DJs coming in from all over the world. For some, de- stressing is about loud music and it does not mean drugs." Revellers who regularly attend rave parties say while the majority perception about a rave party is drugged, knocked out people moving around, a rave is also attended by people who remain sober till the end.

" People have a good time with their friends and the electronic music at such parties. There is a play of lights as well.

And people who are caught doing drugs at any party like this, also get kicked out once they are found. A general rave must not be seen as a party that has been organised for the consumption of drugs in the first place. Those are two different things," says Sharma.

A rave party is meant to begin at sundown. Usually, a rave party begins late in the evening and goes on until the early hours of the morning.

" When clean, a party like that can really take you into another world without any intoxication. Unfortunately, club drugs such as ecstasy have come into the picture and spoilt the image of such parties. Now, anyone speaking of attending a rave is seen with suspicion," says another party goer.

However, most say even if there is the presence of drugs at a rave, not everyone walks around with it in the open. " Raves should not get the blame if there has been a rise in the usage of drugs. The theme of the party is decided by the organisers and where drugs are intended to be there, it cannot be classified as a rave party, it is something else," says a 19- year- old college student in Mumbai.

" I don't know why the media, the policemen and the people think that trance music is something where you'll find hippies or knocked out people. Trance is meant to bring a state of peace. But in popular imagination, trance equals rave equals drugs. We are a country that must have bhaang and trance dance on Mahashivratri. Is that called a rave? Then please leave us alone," the college- goer added.

' The music at rave parties is what differentiates it from the rest. For some, de- stressing is about loud music and it doesn't mean drugs'

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