KOZHIKODE: While on the one hand, there is a debate about the trials and tribulations that people have gone through ever since the demonetisation of the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, there is also heated discussion about the quality of the Rs 2000 note and its aesthetic feel. A cross-section of people told DC their take on the strengths and weaknesses of the new currency. Surprisingly, a majority of women proudly say that the new currency is specially designed for them because of the charm and colour combination.
“The new note even though slightly smaller than the Rs 1000 denomination which was measured at 177 * 73 mm, has the ladies colour which is pink and white,” said Anjali Warrier, an accountant in the city. “Pink in general is said to be a lady’s colour and I am personally happy that I can carry such pinkish notes with me”, she said. On the other hand, Mahesh N.G., a visually challenged teacher at BEM Higher Secondary School, Parappanangadi, said that it would take time for him to grasp the design and shape of the new currency.
“The design has been completely changed,” he added. “As per reports nothing is new in the currency. The picture of Gandhi has been shifted to the centre from one corner. But luckily the Government has bravely used intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark,” he added.
“There is a horizontal rectangle with Rs 2000 in projected print on the right. This looks different from a diamond for the Rs 1000 note seen on the left-hand side and there are seven angular bleed lines on the left and right side in raised print. I hope all these features will help me get acquainted with the currency soon,” Mahesh said. “The note is so sleek and lengthy that I am now forced to buy a new wallet”, says Vishnudath Kuniyil, an IT professional here. “The seriousness that a currency earlier evoked is missing with this colour and design. Being a designer, I am disappointed with the way the new currency is designed and structured”, he added.