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Reading list: How the common man had to cope with demonetisation

From construction workers to women and bankers, people from across the country faced different problems because of the currency ban.

After the government had surprised the country by banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in November 2016, it was not just industry that was crippled temporarily, but the common man too. extensively covered the impact demonetisation had had on the public, from those in Tamil Nadu to Kashmir.

Here are some of the pieces that examined how daily life was affected by demonetisation:

  • Chaos on the streets as Indians struggle to break Rs 500 notes: The poor were hit the hardest the day after India’s two biggest currency denominations were demonetised to fight black money.
  • Low-income patients are hobbled by the currency-note ban: Demonetisation or not, doctors had no business denying emergency healthcare services.
  • For bank employees, it’s been 12-hour days filled with frustrated customers: Arguments are breaking out as some customers want only small denominations, and the well-off are demanding priority over the poor.            
  • What of the women who hide cash to feed their children or to escape abuse?: A large section of women in India are out of the banking system, and the currency withdrawal has hit them hard.
  • A morning spent in a queue to withdraw cash is a day without earning a wage, say factory workers: Several workers in Delhi got their wages for October and November in old currency notes while others got cheques. Now, the challenge for both is withdrawal.    
  • Nagaland struggles with demonetisation: Kashmir’s frequent internet bans prompt shops to still accept demonetised currency. 
  • Indians travelling abroad face demonetisation wall: Debit card use overseas seems to have cap too: The RBI’s cap on card withdrawals seems to apply even to currencies that have not been demonetised. 
  • Nobody has any cash in this village in Maharashtra: The government’s demonestisation has devastated farmers, landless labourers, pensioners, petty traders and many others across Maharashtra.
  • Farmers suffer as cooperative banks barred from exchanging, depositing old currency: Insiders said the RBI’s move could be because of incomplete Know Your Customer forms and money laundering allegations.
  • How four families have survived two weeks of demonetisation: There has been a dip in both incomes and spending.
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Following a mountaineer as he reaches the summit of Mount Everest

Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

The Everest journey began from the Lukla airport, known for its dicey landing conditions. It reminded him of the failed expedition, but he still moved on to Namche Bazaar - the staging point for Everest expeditions - with a positive mind. Vikas let the wisdom of the mountains guide him as he battled doubt and memories of the previous expedition. In his words, the Everest taught him that, “To conquer our personal Everest, we need to drop all our unnecessary baggage, be it physical or mental or even emotional”.

Vikas used a ‘descent for ascent’ approach to acclimatise. In this approach, mountaineers gain altitude during the day, but descend to catch some sleep. Acclimatising to such high altitudes is crucial as the lack of adequate oxygen can cause dizziness, nausea, headache and even muscle death. As Vikas prepared to scale the riskiest part of the climb - the unstable and continuously melting Khumbhu ice fall - he pondered over his journey so far.

His brother’s diagnosis of a heart condition in his youth was a wakeup call for the rather sedentary Vikas, and that is when he started focusing on his health more. For the first time in his life, he began to appreciate the power of nutrition and experimented with different diets and supplements for their health benefits. His quest for better health also motivated him to take up hiking, marathon running, squash and, eventually, a summit of the Everest.

Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

Watch the video below to see actual moments from Vikas’ climb.


Vikas credits his strength to dedication, exercise and a healthy diet. He credits dietary supplements for helping him sustain himself in the inhuman conditions on Mount Everest. On heights like these where the oxygen supply drops to 1/3rd the levels on the ground, the body requires 3 times the regular blood volume to pump the requisite amount of oxygen. He, thus, doesn’t embark on an expedition without double checking his supplements and uses Livogen as an aid to maintain adequate amounts of iron in his blood.

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