Dig through your couch cushions, your purse, or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you find. What were you doing that year?
Where are the coins? Â Not even in begging bowls ! huh ! Have you ever tried giving a coin to a beggar recently? Then you must be knowing his expression. Even they deal in notes.
We have ATMs and lots of crispy paper money. Some call this invention the best thing since sliced bread ! It has its pros and cons anyways. Coming back to the point, why should I dig anywhere when coins are slowly disappearing from the scene !Â
That day I wanted a coin for a marriage ( In India we follow a ritual of adding one rupee extra in the money given to the newly wed couple as a token of blessings/ gift, suppose if I want to put Â Rs.500 in an envelope then I wIll put 501, 100 will be 101. In a nutshell, any amount of money + 1. It Â also holds significance for the religious occasions.) I dug through all my purses of different sizes and shapes, through the floor of the car, inside the drawers, turned inside out each pouch in my dressing corner. Alas ! I couldn’t find this endangered or I should say on the verge of extinction species: a one rupee coin !Â
Finally my son found an envelope with one rupee nicely attached to it. I remember this was one of the last piece from the packet I purchased from the super market. How convenient my task is now. I just had to put the amount I want to give away. The coin is already attached on the front side of envelope. One can tear it and use the coin later on ! Or one can simply keep the envelope for future use in one of the occasions.Â
The other day I went to buy grocery. The shop keeper handed over me the bill, it was nine hundred & two fifty five. He saw me taking out thousand rupee note from my wallet, he asked instantly,” I don’t have change. I searched my purse for lose money but I didn’t have five rupee coin. The shop keeper asked other customers they too had none. I was getting late so I suggested him to Â add few more things and make it round figure. Where were the coins?
By the time I saw this prompt Buffalo NickelÂ I was so sick and tired of digging the first coin to write my story but alas ! solid crunch dear friends……I wrote a story, not based on coins but it is rather a very creative idea by one of my fellow blogger and friend Jathin who runs this Flash Fiction Chain and I can proudly call myself the foundation member of this team. It started with Jathin and two of us-myself and Sweety. Today we are quite a team. To know more about this team and enjoy the story here is the link of my contribution to the current chain: