Nandu is standing in queue waiting for his turn in ATM. His mom rushes to him
Mom ‘Nandu.. your father is expired… just rush in’
Nandu ‘Mom… agreed.. but if I will not get cash, how will we complete last rites’
Mom has tears.. she rushes back home
Nandu is sympathized by people around him…
Whispers around ‘black money will perish.. some folks have to give sacrifice’
Nandu is silent.. shocked but awaiting his turn
As he reaches.. the ATM has exhausted cash…
Nandu calls upon the priests..
Priest ‘we will not accept 500 and 1000 denominator.. I hope you have the new currency’
Nandu ‘have a bit of gold.. please take that but we need to complete his last rites’
Priest ‘arrange for the sticks etc at grave yard’
Nandu and his friends now reach the funeral ground..
Nandu’s father is put on pyre…
Priest ‘any thing you wish to offer’
Nandu puts the last 500 bucks he has with him
Priest ‘do not get so emotional.. that money is important for you’
Nandu ‘you can take it if you wish to’
Priest takes that note
As he lights the pyre.. Nandu remembers his father bringing in 500 rupee note every week and handing over to his mom as his remuneration out in village.. and his mom used to save a few notes… and then reached the city… reasons Nandu felt there is no scope in village.. and he had taken a rickshaw to drive vehicles’
As his father moves towards Ashes… Nandu feels why could the government not implement IT infrastructure even in remotest of village in India..
Next day again he is in ATM line.. with smile on his face
He finds few folks again there..
The bank official is putting some color in his hand…
Official ‘you did come yesterday.. how come you still have more notes’
Nandu ‘my mom forgot one of her piggy bank which carried 3-4 notes more.. and I need it for the 10days rituals’
Official ‘ok last time.. next time’
Official is harassed and murmurs ‘really do not know when all this will end’
Another intellectual standing in queue murmurs ‘all only remembered marriage but death too is an event in this country’
(It is fiction but just addressing a present pain point)