On our way to work, we stopped by at the usual roadside garage to fill air in the tyres. The 10 year old boy, after giving me a leering look, proceeded to check and fill air. Though there is over Rs. 30 in change lying in varied purses back home, we struggled to rummage the needed change to give the boy. Three Rupee 1 coins and four, 25 paise coins were finally discovered and given to the boy. The conversation then, went something like this.
Boy after checking the change- �Its five, not four�
We grumbled and dug around for Re. 1 more, fully aware that it was five. Ahh, a coin.
Boy once again counting: �It has four chavannai (25 ps coins). Wont do�
Satya (surprised): �Why?�
Boy (rolling his eyes and trying to look incredulous, all at once): �Cause no one takes it anymore�
Me (trying to sound dumb): �But there are four coins there, that�s one re.1. You can easily give that to someone.�
Boy 9 (not convinced): �Na one, one uses 25 paise coins anymore.� (looks at us like we are from another planet)
We didn�t know India doesn�t use 25 paise coins anymore. When was the last time we used change here, er, hmm.. No memory of giving coins 25 paise coins. Gasp! We were in another planet!
Satya (prince to the rescue): �Then how come we have it?�
Boy (at loss of words): � Nahi chalega Saheb, wont do�
Satya (glad at stumping him): �If it wont, thenn give it back to us the next time we fill air here�
Me: �I am glad he didn�t throw it back at us.�
Satya: �Well we shocked him there. Was too stunned people use 25 paise coins�
(end of conversation)
Hmm. Do any of you still use 25 paise coins? I am thinking of adding the few I have to my coins collections.