On November 8, 2016, I was in Kolkata at an ATM to withdraw Rs 10,000 for my mother’s medical tests. It was 7:45 pm when my wife from Delhi called to say Prime Minister Narendra Modi would appear on TV to make an important announcement. Soon after, demonetisation was introduced. Like many Indians, I had in possession plenty of cash that suddenly was of no value. For the next seven days until I boarded my flight for Delhi, I had to borrow some thousands of Rs 100 and Rs 50 notes to stay in Kolkata. I launched a mission to find out the woes of the people who were struck by the sudden decision of demonetisation. Hundreds of people were on the streets in serpentine queues. It reminded me of the ration and kerosene queues of the 1980s, which took hours or days to get. Every place I travelled, the scenes were no different from those of the previous.