South India and Malaysia through the eyes of the Little Explorer

Chennai – Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya – Langkawi island- Chennai

Surviving cyclone Vardah in Chennai

(December 2016)

This time it was 10th of December 2016, when we arrived in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. We have been here before. Jayalalithaa Jayaram (very famous Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister) had recently died (5th December) and we were expecting some sort of unrest. However, the public sentiment seemed tamed, perhaps subdued by the unraveling of the recent banknote demonetisation (8th November – 31st December 2016) of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 (rupees) banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series. The latter caused cash starvation, difficulties transacting among the common people and tourists, frustrations and barter exchanges. The reason was the short supply of notes to ATMs  by the banks (only few ATMs were actually working in the country), the daily limit on personal cash withdrawals and larger banknote nominations being given out to people.

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