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Demonetisation mind and memory
Demonetisation has a side effect on mind and memory. Specially childhood memories. When I see the queue outside the banks looking at people waiting patiently and resiliently to withdraw their own money for their family requirements my childhood memories are revived.

I go back straight to the year 1968 when I was 8 year old. I remember the sound of clinking glass bottles whose noise used to enter my room early in the morning at about 4.00 am. This constant clinking of glass used to enter in to my dreams through my ears after entering my room.

The recurrent dream in my half awake state of 8 year old semi conscious mind was of glass falling on the floor from our kitchen shelf constantly and hitting the floor shattering to pieces. This same dream was repeated day in and day out. Morning when I used to get up I used to make it a point to go to the kitchen and obviously the glasses on the shelf used to be intact. This always used to make me wonder.

Once I confided in my mother about this shattering glass dream. She told me that this is because the milk booth outside our ground floor residence at Sion where we used to stay used to be open from 4.00 am to 6.00 am for distribution of milk and what I used to hear was the clinking of milk bottles which people used to come and buy. I told my mother to wake me up in the morning as I wanted to see it for myself. She laughed and told my Gradmother to take me with her when she went out to buy milk the next morning.

Next morning I woke up to my Grandmother softly nudging me to get up if I wanted to go out with her to buy milk. After some effort I got up at that unearthly hour and could hear the familiar sound of glass clinking which I had often heard persistently in my dreams. I went out with her and she took me straight to the milk booth and about 50 meters beyond as already there were people waiting in a long serpentine queue to get their bottle/s of milk which were being sold at the milk booth.

There must be at least 50-60 people waiting with their bags and empty bottles of milk to exchange those bottles with filled in bottles. This is what I was reminded about when I saw the serpentine queues outside the banks patiently waiting for their turn to come to enable them to exchange their worthless notes for good notes on account of this demonetisation.

During those days people used to wait patiently and even now people wait patiently.

I suppose that we have seen and we are used to stand in queues and lines in our country since the days of independence.

Later on, in 1970 when we shifted to Juhu Scheme, I used to go to the ration shop which was about 2 kms away from our residence at Juhu Church. My Mom used to send me to the ration shop to purchase grains and kerosene (Ghaslet) as we had shifted recently to Juhu and our Gas cylinder had not yet matured.

I remember standing in long queues to get our share of ration from the ration shop and at that time I used to think that when I grow up I will open a ration shop. I remember that "Ghaslet ki line" had become a figure of speech for long queues.

Then I remember my Mom standing in a long queue to get me admitted in a school at Juhu and could secure my admission in 5th Standard. That queue was not very long. At that time there used to be a School run by "Sumati Morarjee" at Juhu near ISKON which later on shut down. Not that long winding queues for getting kids admitted in School have disappeared during these days. On the contrary, queues for obtaining school admission forms have increased many folds and every year we see this outside practically every school every year.

Queues outside railway booking office at practically every railway station are routine but are longer at outstation booking offices like at CST. Fortunately, now these booking can be done online.

Queues outside temples, religious places for darshan are very common. People stand in long winding queues for hours. Shirdi, Tirupathi, Shani Signapur, Haji Ali, Mount Mary, Mahim Church etc are practically commonly seen by all which I personally know about.

It is known to everyone that a large number of fake currency has been used to finance terrorism. Large amount of black money is in the hands of underworld, dishonest bureaucrats and politicians. To get rid of this disease demonetisation is a major surgery and some inconvenience is bound to be caused to common citizens as a collateral damage.

The task is humongous and the planning required had to be balanced with secrecy. More the secrecy lesser the time for planning.

Clearly the move to demonetise the higher denomination currency notes was aimed at catching big fish which no one had the guts to call for.

Instead of elevating the inconvenience caused to the common man by helping them to cope up with this crisis, the media and the opposition have started a campaigning of highlighting the negative aspects and discouraging the people.

Instead, if these guys are serious about getting rid of black money they should participate in cooperating with the bold initiative and supported it in national interest.

So, let the queues be there we are used to these queues which were as a direct result of the Socialist economy which was followed by our Government since our independence and fortunately which was diluted by the same Congress Government during Rajiv Gandhi's time.

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