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Rishita Pramanik, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
For the last 2-3 months, we all were stressed due to demonetization. For most of us, it was more about our own discomfort than what Modi ji was trying to achieve. We always want things easy, don’t we? In such a period where cash is an integral part of our day-to-day life, and ‘cashless’ is the latest buzzword, there are still some who go cashless…voluntarily! Stupid people, aren’t they?
In a small Hamlet around 32 kms. from Guwahati, members of the Tiwa tribe meet every year for a unique trade fair where the dealings are totally cashless. The trade follows the barter system which was used in the markets during the Harappa and Mohenjodaro era. This is a 500 year old tradition and the tribals are religiously following it.
We always consider the tribal people as less intelligent beings… Well, they may or may not be but those people are certainly more sorted out than us. We claim that technology has made our life easier but on seeing them I doubt it. They live a simple life with minimum wants and hence maximum satisfaction which keeps them happy. Now this is what I can call as an easy life.
But yes, there’s a chance it may not be that way. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side… so let’s just focus on watering the one on our side!