On a Scale of 1 to Manmohan, How Spicy is the Annual Budget Going to Be?

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On a Scale of 1 to Manmohan, How Spicy is the Annual Budget Going to Be?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s approaching that time of year for the financially literate. Stop playing coy; you know what time I’m talking about. You wake up early and get your household chores out of the way. Then you put on your most hoarse possible voice and call into work, convincing your boss – while throwing well-timed coughs here and there – that you’re much too ill to come in. The excitement wells up inside you as 11 am approaches. You cuddle up in front of the television, a glass of tea in one hand and an abacus in the other. Then you switch to the right channel just in time to hear the FinMin belt out an opening salvo in a smooth baritone.

Sadly, with the exception of chartered accountants, no one really looks forward to the annual budget in this manner. This is because the budget has all the build-up of a football World Cup final but delivers the eventual entertainment of a chess game between two distracted sloths.

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