i don't know about you, but there have been many occasions when i have found myself in situations with less than 100 rupees (a little less than 3 dollars given the rate at which the rupee is strengthening) in my wallet!
in the reckless days of my youth this could be attributed to my pecuniary condition. but in the recent past it was only because of the fact that i was caught unawares (my wife would be more precise and call it 'carelessness').
but i am sure it is possible to survive a day in any city, like in mumbai, with only small change in your pocket. it is quite a novel experience actually and i would strongly recommend this adventure to most of you who haven't tried anything like this in the recent past.
here's what you could do with to 100 rupees and still survive in mumbai -
1. have bun-maska and chai (bread, butter and tea) for breakfast at any irani restaurant - Rs. 10
2. bus ride to office - Rs. 5
3. thali at local udipi restaurant - Rs. 35
4. cutting chai - Rs. 3
5. sandwich or bhel at roadside stall - Rs. 10
6. auto rickshaw ride to train station - Rs. 15
7. train ticket (second class) - Rs. 5
8. auto ride home - Rs. 20
i know, i know... it adds up to more than 100. i happened to have some loose change in my wallet!
but the point i am making is that many of us lead a protected life-style where we never manage to experience the other side of the city. and the majority of the people are on the other side. over time we get too far detached from the sweatier side of our daily lives. and we also protect our kids from this 'other side'.
i think it is a good idea to occasionally expose them to the other side so that they can appreciate whatever they take for granted in their lives. take them out by public transport (bus, train, auto, etc.), let them play in a public park, let them visit the local vegetable market, eat out in a small udupi restaurant, and all that.
apart from teaching them valuable lessons in life, it can be a fun-filled, memorable adventure for the entire family.
try it out!