Rest in peace 25 paise
What could you buy for 25 paise? As the coin is declared dead, celebs recall what it was worth for them.Updated: Jul 03, 2011 00:51 IST
It is posthumous fame for the humble chavanni. The 25 paise coin may not have been worth much in the market till last week, but since it was laid to rest by the government, it has become an overnight hero.
On Thursday, the coin, which came into being in 1950, was declared ‘dead’ by the Reserve Bank of India. The RBI issued a statement saying the coin will now “cease to be legal tender” in light of inflation and rising coin metal prices.
Since then, nostalgic stories and jokes about the coin have become a hot topic on social networking sites.
“Goodbye, 25 paise. You are a relic of an era when things were simple and you meant something,” tweeted Anirudh Atyanand. “R.I.P-25 paise u are the one who provided me toffees!!” wrote Nishan.
One popular joke online plays on the fact that one 25 paise coin was worth four aanas. “The government said we can’t handle one Anna (Hazare) what will we do with four,” tweeted Nilesh Shah. Others play on the recent price hike. “Petrol hiked by 27 paise, but no more 25 paise coins? How do we pay for it now?” asked many users.
What it meant to us as kids...
I have lots of memories of the 25 paise coin. When I was a kid, the coin would get us really far at the local sweet shop... especially with toffees.
I have always been a chocoholic, so I remember that I could buy a chocolate coin that looked like a 25 paisa for 25 paisa. I have been a chocoholic since then, so I used to love the coins. In fact, when I was a little kid I thought every 25 paisa coin was a chocolate... I’m really going to miss it.
I have many fond memories of 25 paise. Till 2007, it used to be my pocket money. In the mid 80s, I use to buy Milan Supari... it use to cost just 10 paise, so I use to buy two and even save 5 paisa. Then another memory is that of buying NP chewing gum, which came in a yellow pack and cost 25 paise.
When I was growing up, we were so poor that when I actually got a 25 paise coin to spend, I would feel like a king! So much so, that when it was in my pocket while going to school I would feel secure. We could get lots of sweets and snacks in our school canteen for this amount of money.
When I was in school, we used to get chana jor garam for 25 paise. And it wasn’t some small amount, it used to be such a filling amount that a large group of friends would share it. We also got a lot of peanuts, it used to be worth a lot. When we got 25 paise from our parents, we would be very happy.
When I was about 11 years old, I could buy the town’s best pastry in 25 paise. Not many could afford it. If I put together four 25 paise coins, I could buy myself a cigarette that now costs Rs 100 and take a taxi from my house to Shivaji Park. Tabh dus ka note kharch nahi hota tha, ab hazaar ka kharch nahi hota...