Wedding season is here and there is lot to ponder upon – from make-up to dresses, and let’s not forget the gifts. Well, no matter how many gifting ideas we come up with, there’s always a dilemma. What if the bride-groom does not like it? Will it be useful to them? If all these haunting questions are not enough, we hardly have time scouting for gifts in between our hectic schedules, as a result ‘Shagun envelopes’ are our best bait. Problem resolved!
But wait, the government just decided to abolish all big currency notes! We’re certainly not sparing the precious Rs 100 bills. Cheques would do but that really ain’t shagun. So, instead, this wedding season people have been receiving “IOU”cards. If you’re wondering what that is, it’s simple – “I Owe You”.
Yes, according to a Times of India report, “several wedding guests in Jaipur approached designers to print informal signed envelopes which promise that the bearer will be paid a sum varying from Rs 500 to Rs 2,100.”
The report quotes an elderly person saying that with several weddings to attend this season he opted to present “empty envelopes” but promised to pay them an assured amount “when the flow of new currency notes becomes normal”.
The report also adds that reportedly many people have been “opening envelopes in front of guests and returning old currency notes”. Parents of many brides and grooms have requested their guests not to furnish old notes for ‘Shagun’.
Attending a close family wedding with an IOU in the envelope and bare of baubles as cannot access my locker..
— Selina Sen (@selinasenwrites) November 11, 2016
As woes of demonetisation continue, we hope people be rich in showering blessings this wedding season instead of cash.