A 5,000-rupee note

  • Dr Rajan Chugh, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 11:04 IST

My parents encouraged me to dream. Unless you dream, you don't become big in life, they held. As a youngster, I started dreaming of dream girl Hema Malini to be my better half. What I ended up having is anybody's guess, and there to see, though she thinks she's even better than the object of my fancy.

I don't know what daydreams are, or if those come true. Bad dreams, people say that if you have had one, get it out immediately upon getting up, so that the nightmare doesn't come true. Rajiv Gandhi said (or he borrowed words from an American civil rights activist to say): "I am young, I also have a dream." He didn't mean that the old should not dream, or have no dreams.

Now to our new Prime Minister (please, note that nowhere have I mentioned that he is old), he promised us "acche din" and we bought that dream, not looking at the price. Ah come on, people, don't you talk about onions and tomatoes always; look at petrol also. Just two-digit days in office and he has impressed me at least. I am apolitical, you know.

He has a different way of thinking, likes to surprise everyone, just like captain of our ship in England, the unsinkable Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who didn't have an easy sail this time but that's a different story, let's forget it like a bad dream.

I don't know whether I am young or old but last night I dreamt that Narendra Bhai had announced the launching and the printing of the 5,000-rupee note, and I was thrilled. Wow! Less currency to carry, not much weight of the wallet, and no big-fat unilateral protuberance at the behind! Freshness to the currency; one note and the entire bill is settled there and then; and you get change in return also.

One note hurled at her in the house, enough to shut her mouth. Also, the bribery and corruption will be limited to fewer notes. It will also be a blow to the counterfeiters who help Mother India make rupees. A new cost.

I am undecided about its colour and size at the moment. I could not recall the details from my dream; but of course, the Father of the Nation will adore it certainly. What more can we give to Bapu to repay him.

This new currency may boost our economy, give us a chance to hold our chin up in the world. My daughter, studying to become chartered accountant, though, thinks it's a silly dream. Generation gap. "More inflation, more black money and further devaluation of rupee," she opined, looking into that vision.

I am confident, however, that my dream will come true. It is just a small matter of a 5000-rupee note, not a million-dollar question. I know Narendra Modi is an avid reader of HT, my middles especially. In fact, I expect a call from the Prime Minister's Office for a reward for giving him and his government a brilliant idea. Because I am no less innovative, and so are my dreams.

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