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A Very Legal Laundering Of Money

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Rihana, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Viswamitra

    Viswamitra IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Rihana,

    I enjoyed reading your snippet with the same enthusiasm you had shown when Kaaku uncle gave you Rs 5 note to wash. Your attention to details and memory is impeccable including remembering a) the soap you used to wash the currency note, b) the Saree you used to put on top of the currency note to protect it from excessive heat, c) the brand of the iron box and so on.

    Getting pocket money when I was young was difficult and mostly we get liberal cash gifts sometimes when relatives come home from other towns/cities, if they had no time to buy anything else for the kids. We had a rule that we have to formally disclose our income from other sources to my mother like our tax filing with IRS and she carefully watched how we spent the money. Sometimes, I got drenched in the rain while returning home after playing in a friend's place and got my currency notes wet. Once I was trying to dry the currency notes in the hot sun with a stone kept on top of it while it was my play time. I didn't want to leave the currency notes unattended. Then, like a flash, this idea came to me and I walked inside the house and started ironing the currency notes. To my surprise, it became brand new currency notes. That is why I found out that I could iron the currency notes. But I never tried washing them as I was afraid they might tear off while washing.

    Now, the rule in our house is whoever has not spent enough time with Orion (our pet) for the day will have to deposit a fine in Orion's pocket money jar besides giving him a treat upon arrival. The jar is full now and I need to take out the folded dollar bills and convert the coins into currency notes. I might use the ironing option now that you have reminded me about it.
     
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    :hello:@Rihana para 1,2 & 3 and the choice of words in the narration would help the reader to visualise a childhood ‘you’ with that surprise delight - Narasimha sweets in hand and a soiled fiver on the other.
    2. In subsequent paras you are back to motherhood or and womanhood. You repeated laundering with awareness. And the purport! I enjoyed reading the post so original so refreshing.

    3. To help legally laundering the money, government of nations introduced special riders or loopholes to circumvent the related provisions in the law.this enables rich get enriched while poor impoverished.
    Thanks and Regards.
     
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  3. Thyagarajan

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    Indian ₹10 denomination new design introduced after demonetisation recently is made of polymer and imported!
    More in the link
    De la Rue, A Blacklisted Company With Pakistani Links To Supply Rs.10 Plastic Notes To India? | GreatGameIndia
    Thanks and Regards.
    God- you are black or white but both are ok with theists!
     
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    @Rihana
    Loved the snippet and details. Could almost smell the gram-gram samosa in newspaper bag and rasgullas (these were our families preferred evening time snack)
    Loved how you revisited the old time on your memory by engaging in hand-on activity. We never washed the notes :)
    Enjoyed it very much!
    When one grows old, the last memory to go is that of the things you did hands-on, they are drilled deep in our brains. Eg. Origami making will go last.
     
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    Amulet IL Hall of Fame

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    There is always this danger with life-experience snippets.
    Someone would call/insinuate "old age". :anguished::pensive: Hahaha...:tonguewink:
     
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    Awesome post. Never knew we can iron the notes. You have a very good memory. Like Kamala mentioned I was also imagining
    A bout you as a kid
     
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  7. Rihana

    Rihana Finest Post Winner

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    I remember that newspaper used for wrapping chocolates and snacks. For storing boondi kind of things, it was an art to make that conical shape.
    Me too!! It didn't used to lather well with the hard water in my apartment, but I still bought it for a while.

    :blush: accurate again! Two braids even if most of the hair was slipping out as it was uneven, and a frock.

    Thanks for the FP nomination, K. Nice feeling that this got nominated. It has been a very nostalgia filled month for some reason. Nostalgia that cannot be met with a visit to India. It is a non-disturbing and gentle longing for those times. The til ke laddu, kites and early morning fog of winter.

    Viji meri jaan, so happy to see your feedback. BTW, unrelated to this snippet - had to shorten some drapes recently. Needed kid to thread the needle for me. : ( I was thinking of you making the necklaces and threading the beads ...
     
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    Glad you remembered me. Since I have done cataract operation for my eyes I am a leader to thread the needle
     
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    Funny thing is even after ironing the notes in childhood, I still didn't connect it to money coming out unscathed from the washer. This also reminds me of the time a colleague's kid left a dime in pocket, that jammed something in the washer and $100+ repair. : )

    Looks like the average life span of each bill is relatively short:
    • $1 bills: 3.7 years
    • $5 bills: 3.4 years
    • $10 bills: 3.4 years
    • $20 bills: 5.1 years
    • $50 bills: 12.6 years
    • $100 bills: 8.9 years

    Thank you, SLN. That piecing together the pieces reminds me of repairing the broken or entangled tape of audio cassettes.

    Remember not to google what all can be found on paper money that's been in circulation for a year or two. : ) I was thinking back to the few times my parents took me to Udipi style restaurants. After we paid, the change of notes and coins was brought back in a small flat bowl filled with saunf & sugar crystals. : ) The notes and coins touching the saunf. : ) Life was simpler and we didn't need flu shots. : )
     
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    Yes, they become like brand new. I find it more satisfying than even the time we visited the U.S. Mint in DC and watched through the glass as the money went through the printing process.
    Actually now I am hoping anybody who tries washing will remember to wash it very gently, almost like washing a thick paper. Or tries to wash only a small value paper money.

    Now my kids are older but earlier, we used to take the coins to the Coinstar coin counting machine once in 1-2 years. Was quite a ceremony going to the store with the coins in a pillow case.

    Thank you, Thyagu. Coming from you, that is high praise. One day, when motherhood is more relaxed and less demanding, I will spend more time and write a bit like you with more attention to the little details. : ) God willing. : )

    True. While ironing the dollar bills in December, I was recalling all the ironing I have done including some image transfers. Hemming drapes recently, I kept trying to make the stitches as small and invisible as possible on the "outside" just like my mother and craft teacher tried to make me do.
     

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