Currency ban forced a desperate dad to add a ‘special note’ to the invitation card for his daughter’s wedding.
Jugal Kishore, a social worker who lives in Shalimar Garden, pasted a note to the card, saying -- ‘Please do not give R500 and R1000 notes in the shagun’ (cash gift).
Kishore, 50, had planned a lavish wedding for his 24-year-old daughter, Simran. He had withdrawn Rs 3 lakh cash from his bank account days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will no longer remain legal tender.
“We had ordered 500 invitation cards. Now, due to lack of money we have removed over 300 guests from the list and got only 200 cards printed,” said Kishore. In order to avoid receiving the banned notes, he got the stickers printed separately.
“The stickers are pasted on the front page of the card. We have requested the guests to either give R100 notes or only the new currency. We won’t mind if someone doesn’t give anything,” said Kishore.
Simran also had to settle for a cheaper lehenga and she will wear artificial jewellery at her wedding.
“I had selected two lehengas -- one was for Rs 22,000 and another for Rs 50,000 from Chandni Chowk. Now that we are short of cash, I had to settle for a cheaper lehenga. We don’t have debit or credit cards and rely on cash only. Therefore, we won’t be able to buy jewellery too,” said Simran.
For now, she is relying on her piggy bank for daily expenses.
“I have been keeping a piggy bank since I was a teenager but have broken it now. It had around Rs 7,000 cash in denominations of R10 and R100,” she said.
Since the old notes are of no use to him any more, Kishore is trying hard to manage as much new currency as he can. He has 70,000 in new cash now.
“I, my daughter and my wife queued up before the bank and managed to get R35,000. The rest I got as loan from my friends. Still, it won’t be enough to arrange a wedding,” he said.
Kishore said that he has requested the caterer and the decorator to either give him credit or accept cheque. He said that though he supports PM Modi’s decision but the government should make have made provisions for those who were arranging a wedding.