While the effects of demonetisation on urban India are immediately apparent to those with access to mainstream English media, its impact on rural lives is as yet unclear.
To address this in part, Firstpost sent Apoorv Mishra into rural Maharashtra with an iPhone, a couple of mics, a GoPro and no institutional monetary support — he’s borrowed money from friends and withdrawn all the cash permitted under prevalent restrictions. Mishra will travel in a north-by-north-easterly direction from Mumbai, through Kasara, Vikramgarh, Wada, Vadape, before heading back home.
He will go live on Facebook when he is able to locate a reliable cell phone signal, and send in text updates on WhatsApp. Mishra has a very loose editorial guideline with which to work – he will hitch rides when necessary, interview as many people as are willing to talk, alter his route as circumstances dictate, and file updates when he deems it necessary.
Day 2, 14.25 pm: Mishra talks to the secretary of a vegetable market in Nashik, who shares the woes of the farmers
KB Shivale, the secretary of the Nashik vegetable market, says: "This move has inconvenienced the farmers who are extremely disappointed. Although there has been a government order to release money to the farmers, there are not enough new notes in the banks. This has affected the sale proceedings of the famer's produce."
Day 2, 12.00 pm: In Nashik, Mishra tries to find out if he can spend his old Rs 500 note at a sabzi mandi and gathers a few local insights along the way.
Day 1, 13.00 pm: Reporting from Dhobipada, a tribal village located three or four kilometres from Kasara, Mishra talks to the local school teacher on the impact of currency ban.
Day 1, 11.00 am: Mishra talks to the train commuters asking them how their life has been affected by the demonetisation decision.
Day 1, 9.55 am: Mishra begins his trip with boarding a Kasara-bound train from Dadar where he says that Rs 500 note was accepted by the ticket vendor.