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Had a quite an effortful day today. To begin with, I had driving lesson in the morning. Went okay..! I had to make my way to the bank praying for luck. I can imagine you all thinking why. I had my £250 kaivishesham notes in a bag, folded in Pan leaves for months. Kai Vishesham is the money we get from our elders, especially from parents on the Tamil New Year. And they give it in Pan leaves as a tradition.

Okay, coming back to the point, I had the notes and coins folded in the leaves for 3 months till last week since the Tamil new year in April. I usually deposit it into my account; the whole point (of mine) is not to spend it. And this time, as I was quite busy, did not get the time to deposit and kept it as it was given to me in a bag! And guess what happened over the 3 months, the leaves got dampen and sodden and also partly dried. The notes were sticking on to the leaves!! I finished my exams last week, and that was when I got the time to open the bag. It was really a hard time for me to separate the leaves and notes out as the notes turned really thin! Some of them got torn into pieces. I ended up with only £200 worth notes but again in 2/3 pieces. Left them for a couple of days to dry out, and they turned into a state like pure dry leaves, which you have to hold very cautiously. Cos otherwise, they will just easily be in pieces. Phew!!!

Today, I took them to the bank, and handed in those notes with sellotape patches, holes and which felt like dried leaves. I desperately wanted the bank to accept them because it was £200 and I already lost £50. Btw, I kept quiet about this to my parents. It really made me feel very bad luck for this year because the initial money I got on the new year turned into this mess! Very superstitious! So, I showed them to the bank, told them the notes got wet..lol, the cashier was surprised and, "where you got them from -"my mum gave them to me". And he goes, "Ok, how did you get them in this state"-"errrm, I had them in a bag for a while....". He wasn't convinced and still wanted to know how I managed to get the notes in that very bad condition and I couldn't help explaining him "I had them folded in leaves".
"In leaaaaavvessss ?!?".
I then had to tell him it was a tradition to give them with leaves bla bla and he asked me how long I had them in the bag etc. That was extremely embarrassing. He then took them, showed to some other staff, checked them under the machine to make sure they were real before came back to me. He asked me to go to the post office near the banks and ask them to exchange and if they don't want it, come back. **Sigh**

That Post office in the centre of the Uni, has never had a fast moving queue. There was only one position active of all 4. And afterall waiting there so long, the staff told me in seconds I got to the cashier point, No Sorry! Went back to the bank, and they decided to take them, Thanks to that particular staff who explained the other staff who was at the counter when I went back that they were real notes. The bank staff had to handle those dried-leaf like, thin, brown coloured notes carefully without making any further damage. It was really an effort to me to save that money and at the same time learned a great lesson! Not gonna save any money in my bag for months and months like that, and it's always good to put them in the bank soon. Money is worth only to the extent of its existence in that paper-form. It was a total stupidity and hope you'll all be pre-cautious from my experience!

Comments

bahar said…
Aww bless!

That would ahve killed me to go talk to the bank!

But it all got sorted out that good!

Interesting! Atleast your learned your lesson :D
Anonymous said…
நல்ல பிள்ளைக்கு அழகா இது?
Anonymous said…
whoa! ur notes got torned! drat:{
ur so lucky u finished ur exams...my first one is tomorrow and i feel like...i wanna keel over and die!
-x-
tc and enjoy ur free time...:]
mwahhh
sudi
Saranya said…
Bahar: Ye, I learned my lesson ;) lol. Thanks.
Saranya said…
Anonymous: Illai'than. What to do. We sometimes learn from our mistakes only! :)
Saranya said…
Sudi: All the best for your exams! I know, you'll do well Sudi. x
Kumiththa said…
OMG! This is the first time I am hearing that notes turned into pieces...well...its good that you learned your lesson..
shobna said…
You had a spaceless day right nd yu managed well. you have got good experiences.
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Saranya said…
Kumiththa: thanks for the comment.
Saranya said…
Shobna: thanks for visiting my blog and leaving ur comment. Ye I will do.
Viajero said…
Me also used to get 'kai neettam' whenever we visit our relatives or visiting the native place....& mother used to be my bank & having no idea hw to spend it....I ask her to open one more book account(with a publisher) for purchasing books.... :)
Saranya said…
You guys call it Kai Neettam...interesting.:)An account for purchasing books? lol :)
Parents are great...are'nt they!
Viajero said…
Books not the subject ones....but the general ones, across all genres...some reading is essential to supplement the daily diet :)
Saranya said…
Yeh yeh, I got ur point. :)
Reading is ofcourse very essential to all! From entertainment to career...
Nithin Jayan said…
cool...In Kerala v call it "Kai Neettam"...Vishu is one special day i wait eagerly for every year...!!! the only time i get some money 4 myself..!!! gotta wait 4 long 2 start getting stipend...just entering fourth year of medicine..whoo...
Saranya said…
Nithin: Ye, its a very joyous day that I also wait for every year. Earning too quickly is too far in Med. Thats y Medicine is not something ppl do for earning but only if are dedicated and determined! :) Thanks for reading and leaving ur comment.
naima said…
wow what a story - i should check this more often.
Saranya said…
Naima: thanks for ur comment :))

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