I clutch ten rupee bills in my hand
I plead with the rickshaw driver again
“bhaiyya, please take a 50 note instead”
He shakes his head and looks away
I ask him again,
“Bhaiyya, can you give me change in 10 rupee notes?”
He looks at me as if I asked him for his kidney.
tangerine Gandhi smiling at me.
He tells me, ‘let go, janice’
I unclench my fist and give the note
to the puzzled auto rickshaw driver.
I stand at the spot even though the auto
has departed, feeling longing and sorrow.
Taxi, train, bus, street food –
Mumbai demands small bills
Ten rupee notes are hard to find
and once found quickly slip away.
Where are all the ten rupee notes going?
That bill, so valuable for its scarcity
reminds me that things are worth
more than what they seem
One thought on ““Bhaiyya chutta hain kya?” “Brother, do you have change?””
I personally feel that you must visit to Chennai once to see how easily you can get the ten Rupee notes even if you give a 500 Rupee note to a Bus Conductor here. Same applies for Auto Drivers in most of the cases.