America, dui bu qi! In India, we write the date first, and then the month.
So, without trying to take away from the original 9/11, yesterday was quite the 9/11 as well. Two countries, the USA and India, experienced a different kind of 9/11 each.
Donald Trump was elected President of the USA. I felt for the Americans, and I felt for the world at large. What a 9/11!
What were the choices ahead of them?
- Donald Trump
- Hillary Clinton
The first wants to grab all women by their crotch, and now he has widened his choice set to an international arena. The second is a corrupt, sneaky devil and would stab you in the back, with a smile on her face, and expect you to thank her for the privilege.
In India, if we had a choice between the following, most of us, like the Americans, would just say – what the shit? Is this all we have? Of course, we are blessed. We can put any number of politicians in the following two places, and we would still say –what the shit? Is this all we have? Of course, we do have Rahul Gandhi, and he provides us with our daily dose of laughter.
- Mulayam Singh Yadav
- Raj Thakeray
Luckily, we have Narender Modi, and he is a sensible choice.
Yet, he gave us his version of 9/11!
Last night, he abruptly withdrew 500 rupee and 1000 notes from the market. This means that most of the money i have with me in hand is worthless. I calculated my money -usable money – this morning, this morning at a chai stall.
I discovered that I had 3 US dollars! And, the banks and ATM were shut. Damn!
So, what did I do? I drove really, really carefully. If I was caught flouting traffic rules, then I would not have usable cash to pay the bribe, or the fine – whichever is less!
So, I dug into my car and pulled out coins totalling up to 8 rupees, which is about 12 US cents, and bought myself a chai at the local chai-wallah. I had arrived early for a meeting. Jokingly, I asked the chai-wallah if the coins were legal tender, and he grinned with evil intent before grabbing it.
I thought that these chaps would be pissed as hell. But, you see, all the chaps on the street were grinning cheerfully and talking about how all the rich, crooked honchos would have a problem in trading in all the hundreds of thousands of dollars that they had stashed away in their mattresses.
No, I am not in that luck-unlucky set.
But, the property market will crash. Wow.
So, I have to go to the bank… deposit cash (the measly amount that I have) and draw it again slowwwwwly!
You see, we are not allowed to withdraw more than 300 USD per week from the account.
In one day, we cannot withdraw more than 60 US Dollars from the ATM
How the hell will I have my chai? They don’t have card machines!
My chai stalls will wither and die away… A whole generation of chai wallah will disappear. India will never be the same.
What a 9/11!
There is something about that combination of numbers that makes them fateful….