Many a times, when I am out for a shopping spree, I end up receiving centre fruit - the most ubiquitous Indian-made chewing gum in our indigenous marketplace- in exchange of my balance money. When I am on a roller coaster ride of ‘retail therapy’, I don’t even mind brooming all those colourful tasty rubber from the counter table and instead, entomb those incidents into the wallet of forgotten stories.
Because there’s nothing that we can do at our own disposal, it is by far, easier and cheaper to fall prey to this formulaic business ethos of accepting the colonization by gum money. Our native retailers and entrepreneurs have largely consumed this as a commercial right ever since our coins or (the less usage of currency with lower denominations) vanished into thin air from circulation in the economy.
In the nations abroad, the primary lifeline of the economy and of course the delivery of various public services are sustained by the obtainability of huge volumes of coins. Transactions are rapid, businesses are swept, and service deliveries are elegant, since the value of money, either to be paid or received, can be easily translated by using the coins. But in our marketing picture, in the absence of having no coins or denominations that can substitute our exchange, we either risk in surrendering the commodities, thereby triggering the anger dynamite of the shopkeepers, or wait for them or run our self to nearby shops and persons to rescue us in finding convertible payable amount.If the use of the coins in our business fair are still prevalent, the purpose of minting our coins will be served besides aiding to reserve its flow and make it visible for all the generations. It is nevertheless, acceptable for this generation to know that the Bhutanese coins existed, but it would be painful that the forthcoming generations would not even hear of its fateful existence, let alone seeing it.
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So, till the homecoming of our coins into the theatre of economy, the salespersons can dance on their feet as an ardent Centre fruit ambassadors, either by design or by accident. While it is certain that the gum money given to compensate our balance money cannot be used to purchase the goods even from that same shop where we obtained it, as a customer, the least we can do is to forcefully never forget the revolutionary story of centre fruit progress, in terms of its color, size and taste.“God is not against money, He is against the money being used outside His purposes”- Sunday Adelaia