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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Chennai: This is not a profound column that would discuss the philosophy of life. It will not even talk about the latest nuclear deal with Japan. This bi-monthly column will turn the light on the little things in life that matter the most.

It hopes to make you ponder a little and, perhaps, laugh sometimes. Basically, this means that we will take a look at the present chaos that has been created by the demonetisation drive of the Modi government.

Granted, we had seen enough on TV about the long queues stretched in front of banks and ATMs; had enough with newspapers printing reams on the pathetic enforcement of the demonetisation scheme... but one cannot stop talking about it.

Like last year’s floods that affected the rich and the poor without discrimination, this year, we have the demonetisation drive that is affecting one and all. While everyday life had become a challenge, a couple of friends who travelled out of the city had a tough time as they were caught carrying Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Frayed tempers were seen among customers at banks and bankers shouting their heads off at the people who could not understand that they did not have the money to dispense to the customers.

What jolted the conscience of everyone must have been people dying in queues. Even as we were trying to cope with all this information, came a death in the family. Apart from the shock of losing a dear one, where do we go for the money to tackle the fallout?

How can you delay paying the vettiyan, the crematorium? Fine, so we have all managed to lay our hands on Rs 2,000, but who is going to give us change for it with everybody clutching their hundred rupee notes?

What we are taking away from this misadventure is not just the fact that the government made a grave miscalculation about the outcome of its move to scrap higher denomination currency, but that Rs 500 is small change now.

Column Pen Drive: R Chitra

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