Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rich Enough! Day1 #100HappyDays

Mr. Modi bombed the entire nation 4 nights ago, with the demonetization of 500 and 1000 currency notes. The entire country has ended up in a big financial chaos since then. People don't have enough valid currency to buy necessities, pay salaries/wages to their staff, and even medical expenses. They are standing in long queues outside banks and ATMs, only to find out that it has run out of money before their turn came. People with hoards of unaccounted cash are looking for ways to turn it into white money, worried they might just lose it all.



In all this chaos, I'm thanking my lucky stars. Why?

  1. Because I don't need to worry about any unaccounted money.
  2. Because there's no medical emergency (touch wood) or wedding in my family in this period.
  3. Because I have already paid my rent, staff wages and other monthly dues, within the first week of the month.
  4. Because I have sufficient petrol in my car, talktime in my phone, and data balance in my internet plan.
  5. Because I did my monthly grocery shopping last week.
  6. Because I have a few 100 bucks in small currency, which is enough to cover my daily expenses for a week or so.
  7. Because I have earned enough goodwill in the neighborhood that I can get some stuff on credit if required.

So I don't need to go out and stand in long queues right now. I can wait, till the banks have sorted out all the initial kinks in the process and the queues have become shorter. I can wait till the ones with more pressing needs get a bit of cash first.

We live in times when markets are flooded with choices, and everybody wants everything. And gradually, the lines between wants and needs tend to blur. That's when such moments of crisis help us understand what's really important in our life.

Attempting #100HappyDays for the first time. Today was Day 1.


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4 comments:

Shilpa Garg said...

All the seven points you mentioned are the same for me too. I dont have to go out to buy anything, so it's all cool with me as well. But I have a plumber coming in today and I dont have the change to pay him. I hope he has the change for Rs 2000, which is unlikely though.

Chicky Kadambari said...

LOL! Highly unlikely, Shilpa! :p
Day before yesterday, I paid with 100 rupee notes at a local shop, and the shopowner actually blessed me for giving him change money! :D

Vinitha Dileep said...

That's really good for you, Chicky. My mom had to go to bank and change currency as she took money for the month only the previous day! Thankfully she was able to get it done with in 2 hours. But my in laws had a very disappointing first attempt. Hoping that things will settle down soon.
All the best with your 100 happy days. :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thanks Vinitha!
I think things are going to get worse now for sometime. Let's see...

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