DENOMINIZATION CAUSES HAVOC ACROSS INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
STILL BETTER THAN LIVING IN TRUMP LAND
The aftershocks of Prime Minister Modi’s de-legitimizing of the 100 rupee and 500 rupee notes a week ago are still going strong. Lot’s of accusations of favoritism (Guajarati Patel’s had advanced notice, Finance Minister was kept in the dark) and it’s allowed Rahul Gandhi to take to the public stage again. The idea behind the effort is to flush out “black money,” i.e. money gained though illegal means, by replacing the two bills with new models. There are limits on how much one can exchange – now 2,000 rupees per day – with the resulting long, long, lines at banks, post offices and petrol stations that dispense money.
The surprise action by the Central Government has roiled the entire country from Cape Comorin to the Himalayas. Just like during our own Presidential elections, Breaking News Headlines are breaking out on all the media channels 24 hours a day seven days a week. Pundits on the left, pundits on the right and pundits from the center are all having a field day with this. But as with most crises in India, the nation and the Indian people will muddle through. I’m still not all that clear how this is supposed to eliminate “black money” from the economy but I suppose someone much smarter than I knows.
We are still at Clayfingers just outside of Thrissur, Kerala. Our day basically consists of rising in the morning, eating breakfast, puttering around until lunchtime, afternoon nap, more puttering around until dinner time, some TV and then off to bed until the next day. But we need it. Weather here has been perfect – upper 80’s every day, no rain although rain would be good, plus two dogs – Rambo and his son Rocky – to wile away the hours between meals. The couple who own the place are exceptionally cordial and helpful. They live in Dubai but come here once a month. They have two sons, both living in India. Three folks just arrived last night from Bangalore and have taken up residence in the cottage next to us.
Clayfingers was once a brick factory – there is still a tall chimney standing next to the main building – and apparently there used to be more such factories dotting the landscape around here in the past. They are all gone now. We have three cooks preparing meals for us and they are all home cooks so the food is really wonderful including the best dosa’s I’ve ever tasted. I’m also practicing eating with my fingers – I was never very good at it but I’m getting better. I know that we have to stop just lazing around but it feels so damned good after the shitstorm that was the 2016 Presidential Election that I’m not pushing it.
We will shift down to Kochi at some point. The Biennale begins in December and lasts through February. Clayfingers is participating and they have a gallery in Fort Kochi as well. But that’s way in the future at this point and it’s too distracting at this point to consider seriously.
So there you have it. Another day in Kerala, God’s Own Country!