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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a sizeable chunk of TV-viewing Indian public transfixed with shock when he announced that Rs 500 Rs 1,000 banknotes will be demonetised starting midnight, there was a moment of stunned silence as we, the people, absorbed exactly what had happened.
Just two days back we were debating whether those pretty pink currency note pictures on Twitter were real or not, and then to be hit with the news that let alone those notes coming into circulation, but the yellow and red banknotes stashed in our wallets, cupboards and drawers (not to mention those secret stashes in sugar jars and under the bedspread) would all be reduced to mere paper within a matter of hours was more of a shock than what most us can handle.
There was a range of emotions that followed, disbelief was first and foremost, followed by confusion, dismay, anger and jubiliation (depending on whether you were rooting for such a #surgicalstrike on black money) and then a mad dash towards wherever it is that the cash is stashed.
In such a charged scenario, we figured the most cathartic step would be to vent in gifs. Choose the one closest to what you feel and tell us in the comments below.
Are you running to the ATM?
“I have all the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes right now”
Damn! Who’ll get all that changed now?
Yay! Here goes all the black money.
Sure we have a 50-day window to change all the notes we have at banks and post offices, and continue to use the existing notes at hospitals, petrol pumps and several other points of essential services.