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Friday, November 9, 2018

Paisa De, Paisa Le: Happy New Year

The custom in Gujarat on #NewYear's Day is to greet your elders and those of the extended family with a token sum of money. In return, they do the same. The envelopes are out before you touch their feet. If you do the sums, your  earnings are not much (you pretty much gift what you get). Over years, I have found it funny, cumbersome and needlessly transactional, but after demonetization in 2016, I look forward to this event because it's the only time of the year I see notes of different denominations primarily because the ATM next  door spews only Rs 2000 notes. The purple Rs 100 ones, were the prized ones this morning.

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