Dal, Chawal, Aur Demonetisation


Dal, Chawal, Aur Demonetisation

Illustration: Shruti Yatam/Arré


xactly one year ago today, we woke up to the prospect of lighter wallets, thanks to the eradication of 500 and 1,000 notes in one fell swoop. Chaos had reigned the night before as people scampered around wondering what to do with all the “black money” they had. While the craziness decided to call it a day and the morning of the 9th arrived, a much bigger question arose particularly in homes like mine. What would we eat? Groceries had to be purchased, meals had to be prepped, people had to be fed.

Unsure of their future, everyone from bhajiwalas to bigger shopkeepers decided to lie low and take the day off to divine their next moves. That night, at dinner, much to my middle-class mother’s chagrin, I ordered food online with just a few taps on my phone. All was well, as we ate our takeout and watched people scream bloody murder on Times Now.