A day before America shocked the world by choosing Donald Trump to be their next President, India was left with their collective jaws on the floor thanks to PM Modi's 8 November announcement of the demonetisation scheme.
Unfortunately, the only ones hit by this scheme - which is being referred to as 'The Great Indian Event' - aren't those with stacks of cash hoarded at home, but daily-wage workers, people from the Lower Income Group, as well as those from the middle-class.
Patients were hit, families busy preparing for weddings at home were hit, shopkeepers/ small-scale industries were hit.
The result? A panicked society that was suddenly left cashless and hysterical at their inability to use their hard-earned income. Everyone rushed to their nearest bank to join serpentine queues so they could exchange old notes or withdraw money in order to restore normalcy.
A few positive stories stood out amid all the gloom surrounding the demonetisation move. As it turns out, a handful of citizens took it upon themselves to help those standing in queues. Some handed out bottles of water, others helped people fill out their forms.
A trekking association group distributing water & biscuit among people standing in a long queue outside a bank. pic.twitter.com/AOJ7cEKlUO— ASHIM KUMAR DEY (@mail2ashim) November 13, 2016