Laughing stock: the Twitter joke is on the rupee
Facebook or Twitter, the rupee ruled social media on Wednesday. Sinking to a new low of 68.82 rupees per dollar, the sliding currency faced it all- mocks, concerns, fears and even jokes.delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2013 08:26 IST
Facebook or Twitter, the rupee ruled social media on Wednesday. Sinking to a new low of 68.82 rupees per dollar, the sliding currency faced it all- mocks, concerns, fears and even jokes.
Twitter users, in particular, exchanged notes on anything and everything related to the trembling currency.
With news websites and channels making a show of every fall there was in the rupee rates, Twitter users got busy lamenting about the distressed state of the currency.
Some launched a full-blown attack on the government on failing to curb the freefall, others jabbered over the impact the falling rupee would have.
Gold jumps to an all time high and rupee jumps to an all time low! This is a day worth remembering in Indian history...— Puranjay Mitra (@pm1719) August 28, 2013
Dear #Rupee , We now know for sure that you can beat all records by going all time low everyday.. Please stop now.— Malluness (@davidspeek) August 28, 2013
please all patriots beware this falling rupee value may be a ploy to bring more black money in india thru hawala rackets— Cassandra (@aadilakhan1) August 28, 2013
On a ligther side, few Tweeted the falling rupee had reached a retirement age.
Its already 68... Enough #rupee you should retire now !— Girish Pusal (@giribhai7) August 28, 2013
Some even joked about how the rupee compared with other currencies.
For instance, Swati Bakshi Tweeted that, "The Dollar has started behaving like a nagging wife whom Rupee is trying hard to please, but all in vain. :D".
Here are some other witty and funny Tweets on the rupee fall:
And now don't tell me even Somalian currency is better off than a Rupee ! https://t.co/0DljGI6WNr— Raj Iyengar (@Rajsan2012) August 28, 2013
Jokes aside, many slammed the government for the current situation, sparing no politician or political party for that matter.
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, P Tandon tweeted, "Dr Manmohan Singh said, "Money doesn't grow on Trees". So why is the Rupee falling like Autumn Leaves?"
Another Twitter user, Utkarsha slamed the ruling UPA and Congress and said: "I guess Digvijay Singh is unwell at the moment. Otherwise he wouldn't have wasted another second to blame RSS/BJP for the falling rupee."
Finance miniter P Chidambaram was not lucky either. Many reacted with cynicism when Chidambaram said "the rupee had overshot its true level".
But, amusingly, it is novelist Chetan Bhagat, who takes the pie, when it comes to creating the most buzz on Twitter with a series of Tweets on the rupee- some contoversial.
Hundreds retweeted his later deleted tweet on rape and rupee: "The Rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists?"
Let's get this straight: CURRENCIES DO NOT GET RAPED. RT @chetan_bhagat: The Rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists?— Jonathan Shainin (@jonathanshainin) August 28, 2013
Every right-winger uses 'rape' so easily as metaphor. RT @chetan_bhagat: The Rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists?— Suryanarayan Ganesh (@gsurya) August 28, 2013
@chetan_bhagat Hey thanks Chetan but amongst all the emotional outrage I doubt anyone listens to logic these days?— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) August 28, 2013
First Published: Aug 28, 2013 18:57 IST