Rupee only is the God

I hear that the Cabinet is going to decide what the new symbol for the Rupee is going to be. Apparently, after a long and arduous contest involving, among other things, SMS voting and reality shows, the final choice is to be made from these 5:

But while these can hog the limelight for now, I am more interested in the ones that got rejected.

This was submitted by Iyers International (I-squared for short, “Minus One” for geeks) and was rejected by the TN ruling party for being casteist. When it was pointed out that the Hindi letter “Ra” was used, the party headquarters had a collective aneurysm trying to figure out which part of the symbol they were now opposed to

Not to be outdone by the Shaivites, the Iyengar Design Institute Of Typography submitted their stylized vision for the Rupee symbol. Being a politically shrewder lot, they pointed out that the choice of English will keep the Southern political parties happy and what’s even better, the “naamam” part even looks slightly like the rising sun. But it was rejected on the basis of a massive protest by the Association of Pencil Manufacturers (led by Natraj) who complained that the symbol looked too much like the nib of a pen and therefore was offensive to pencils.

The Association of Sarcastic Sitizens, in yet another display of pointless metaphorical adventurism, submitted their version which apparently symbolized the culture of corruption in India. The stroke rises boldly upwards only to be chopped into smaller and smaller pieces towards the end as it falls ignominiously to the ground. It typifies the average citizen’s (or sitizen) struggle with getting things done as money keeps leaking as bribes and commissions all the time, they said. Needless to say, it was rejected as a result of the judges falling asleep while reading the A.S.S’ 15,000 page explanation of the symbol (they had commissioned Umberto Eco to do the writing). The organizers further pointed out that any association willing to misspell “Citizen” just so they could have a more descriptive acronym must not be trusted.

The Union of Plastic Surgeons (UPS) felt that they could use this contest to subtly slip in an advertisement of their services. Their version distinguishes between real money and fake money.

The RSS suggested that since we use this man’s image on all our currency notes, it is only fair that he be the new Rupee symbol. It was rejected on the basis of being cynical and non-pseudo-secular. Critics of this version called it the “Kill Bill” since the submitters were implicated in the killing of the chap on the bill.

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments folks suggested the use of the “Pillaiyaar Suzhi” (Auspicious Ganesh Squiggly) because, in keeping with the rich Hindu tradition of highly abstract thinking, Ganesh represented Knowledge and Knowledge was wealth and wealth was It was rejected for being insensitive to Ganesh’ younger brother, Karthikeyan (Muruga)

Mukesh Ambani sent in this symbol,pointing out that he has most of India’s money anyway. It was rejected for being too capitalistic.

The Tamil chauvinists sent in a curvy, stylized Tamil “Ru” symbol, commonly used to represent Rupee in TN, but it was rejected for looking like an offensive finger gesture

Categories: Auspicious Ganesha Squiggly

181 replies

  1. Excellent stuff. Really hillarious. I loved the “Ru” towards the end.

  2. Iyengar Institute … – Apt acronym :)

  3. Hey, why don’t you start a poll? I bet Ru will win! Chemmozhi FTW!

  4. Awesomeness! I think the Acronyms were equally important in your ‘well-researched’ article about the symbols. Dan Brown – please to note! :)

  5. hahahahaah Pillayar Suzhi-Classic

  6. Hilarious, especially the names of a few of the associations :)
    Loved all the symbols, Reliance, Ru and others!

    Good one, Krish!

  7. Excellent!.A Krishashok special.Something only your highness can come up with.

  8. Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

  9. Heh! What creativity with the symbols and acronyms and interpretations!

  10. very nice :) adding to it, the bsp would have had the rupee symbol as that of an elephant probably :D

  11. Too Cool! My favourite was the Ru at the end….

  12. Loved the Reliance and Gandhi versions, and the descriptions for all .. hilarious :D

  13. Brilliant humour as usual!

  14. U missed ‘+’ symbol from swiss flag, eitheways most of the money is found thr only

  15. Loved the ரூ and the Si-enhanced R.

  16. “Auspicious Ganesh Squiggly” ROFL

    The acronyms were amazing too.

  17. Hahaha.. Really funny and cool..

    Especially liked your comments and the /subtle/ abbreviations ;-)

  18. Rofl!! Hilarious! The stylized ரூ was awesome!!!

  19. Loved the Tamil “Ru” at the end.

  20. stylized Tamil “Ru” symbol ….. ha ha ha ha

  21. Tamil nadu’s Robert langdon!! Awesome post!

  22. ha ha ha.. Awesome post..

  23. Good one :)

    And I hope either of the 3rd or 4th ones get chosen, these two are easier to draw.

  24. Didn’t the commies come out with their own symbol?

  25. Wow, heights of sarcastic imagination. The last symbol is the knockout punch. Good read!!

  26. Please stand for election next…dying to see what your party symbol will be…and more so your take on the other parties symbols.

    But seriously, how come no one has created a controversy yet on the Hindi alphabet being used?
    Kellapi udunga please… need some nice controversy to spice up vetti headlines..

  27. haha! the Ru was killer! also the acronyms were too good. but the best was real and fake money!

  28. Kool Explanation… i am feeling Enlightened… Ru explanation is hilarious…

  29. Super Sir. Tamil “roo” … what an illustration?

  30. ROFL ! “Ru” wins without a doubt. What hilarious stuff! :D

  31. Haha awesome man!! ‘Ru’ and the booby rupee were just pure genius!!

  32. ‘ Ru’ is the killer graphic. Wondering which of these would find a place in Indian keyboards! :)

  33. ROTFL!
    “ru” wins hands down! I’m sure the eventual symbol will start a controversy. I just wish they value to it apart from the symbol!

  34. * add value to it! :)

  35. hahahahhaha :D brilliant! especially the rude sign at the end! :D :D :D

  36. “auspicious ganesh squiggly”. lol. only you can come up with something like that!

  37. What about a table with a hand holding money under it ?

  38. Enjoyed another post throughly. Will see you next week during lunch hour @DC ;-)
    Ashok: Well, did I see you during the lunch hour presentation?

  39. Punyalah dasyat….!! Excellent!!

  40. Back with a bang (for the buck) after a long time, eh?

    Mixings wonly!

    can’t decide which one is best, although the ru is a fitting finale here.

    Loved that subtle mock salute to Umberto Eco :-D

  41. OMG! You are too good! :–))

    I didnt even realize it was Ru in Tamil the last one, how do yo do it? :–D

  42. thala proved again class is permanent.
    lil phelings cos of the iyengar part :P

  43. As usual, you are simply rocking Saar :)

  44. You biased Iyer.IDIOT acronym for Iyengars and a decent i squared for Iyers. I protest. Iyers deserve some bad acronym too :P

  45. IDIOT and RU… best… super saar… :D

  46. :D

    Don’t ru-le it out just yet. Ru-more has it that it won’t only be selected, it will in fact even be worshipped :-|


  47. @labakku das totally agree!
    naamam is btr than pattai (xcpt when its used in the context of “pattai saarayam”) anyday!!!!
    biased iyer indeed!!!

  48. @KA: You’ve really made the Capitaltreasures guy believe that these where the rejected symbols. Keep it up! :)

  49. labakkudas and whatsupdoc- very true. Iyengargala gaeli pandradhe indha vadamaalukku velaya pochu. sutta applaathukke ivlo veembu na puliyodharaikku evlo irukkanum?
    Haha. Let me share a bit of trivia. My father’s side of the family is “Iyer” only in name, but wears naamam as their kuladeivam is Thiruvallur Veeraraghava Perumal, so as one of my uncles once put it, it gives us the unique opportunity to conveniently take sides when required

  50. Ru was the best KA. Good creativity. :-)

  51. Lol.. You finished in typical Krish Ashok style..! Your signature!!

  52. I put this question to Bharathiraaja and he goes..


    Since its INR, I’d at least ask for an Iyyanaar statue photo instead of Mahatma gandhi in the rupee note.

    A left leaning aruval of iyyanar with a subtle right stroke to make it look like “r” could then be the symbol of the rupee..


    And promptly ending with ” A thought by Bhartiraaja”

  53. hai KA ,

    good post “kasse dhan kadavulada” ; the ru was awesome and also the Auspicious Ganesh Squiggly ;

    Santhosh krish
    Ashok: So someone finally spots the title reference to one of the most epic Tamil comedy films :)

  54. hahahahah!!! cant stop laughing..
    wish i had a brain like urs, with ideas popping out like this!! :P
    liked it :)

  55. IDIOTS? As an iyengar ponnu, i object! :P edho, it was thengalai naamam, so i forgive you :P

    • @Chutney – please observe carefully. It is very much vadakalai (V). Thenkalai has a small tail below no? There is no tail here
      Ashok: I always love it when unskilled photoshoppery results in deep communal rifts

  56. Perhaps the Iyengar’s symbol was rejected as the ‘Namaam’ portends an ominous downward trend for the rupee??

  57. you’re a funny guy :-) really enjoyed this esp the last three

  58. Hiliarious…. Never knew “Ru” has one more meaning. U should presented the new meaning in UlaGA TAMIL SEMMOZHI manadu! :))

  59. Cannot stop laughing! Of course, the ‘Ru’ takes the cake.
    Keep posting…

  60. Brilliant! Especially the communal rifts comment!

  61. Definitely my vote s 4 ‘ru’..

  62. Brilliant stuff. The Ru was the best part of the whole thing. I personally feel that all the symbols considered for the currency symbol suck.

  63. Great fun!

    I-squared for short, “Minus One” for geeks – Brilliant!!!!

  64. “The chap on the bill” Oh, how irreverent! Even a non-Indian national would not refer to Ghandiji that way! But how utterly hilarious and scintillating as usual! Krish Ashok does it again!

  65. The Ru part was a killer.
    You have a unique thought process and ungalukku oru periya whistle!
    engiyo poyiteenga!

  66. It very interesting work you have done..

  67. hahahaha.. brilliant post, as ever! “Ru” was the best. So were the acronyms!

  68. By far the best of 2010 so far !
    Needless to say “Ru” was not only fantastic but its placement at the end of the post is a master stroke.

  69. Someone wanted a bad acronmy for Iyers … how about

    Madras Iyer Rascals Union

  70. “Minus one” – that was the beshhht! Silently slipped it in amidst the riot that was all over!
    Ambani’s proposal shd’ve been accepted – the explanation was blatantly obvious. Or, did thee other Ambani add a twist by submitting a similar symbol?

  71. That fake and original rupee reference was bleddy brilliant.. I laughed for around 5 mins after seeing that.. You have proved that no1 can RUle you out!! :D

  72. Brilliant and Creative, really funny man
    Tamil Ru – hahahaha

  73. hi…coming from a sw background, am introduced to the world towards west and found this really funny…liked the ending…
    but tamil is an amazing language…it hurts a lil to see such comments…lets control ourselves…these signs are foreign and lets push them off…
    PS: Am not a tamilian. Still I love tamil.

  74. ‘Ru’ idea arumai…

  75. ROLTL
    ROlling on the tharrai laughing !!!!!!

  76. Awesome!!

    How do you do it?? :)

  77. The final one might also look like a cock … which didn’t stop the gherkin.

  78. Hhmmmm …its okie dokie-ish Krish….can do better;)

  79. Here’s another option: R.

    Short for R and a bit… so what if its a bit arbit?

  80. All the five contenders symbols look like a doctor’s prescription and why not?

  81. I just discovered your blog – it’s awesome! Your content is original and super quality and the presentation is also superb. You’ve got some serious skillz!

    I’ve bookmarked your blog, subscribed to RSS feeds and will recommend it to my friends. Thanks for a whole bag of laughs :D

    So even though laziness is a virtue (in some circles), for the sake of your fans, please update soon!

    Best wishes :)

  82. Kick-ass post once again Krish!!
    Especially the last symbol was so brilliantly thought of :)

    Keep writing more :)

  83. RTI Activist exposed violation of guidelines and biased selection process in “Indian Rupee Symbol” design competition.

    According to RTI Documents :

    1. Non-eligible candidate was shortlisted in top five finalists.
    2. One finalist was in contact with Finance Ministry and RBI prior to competition.
    3. Design concept or brief was not put in front of jury along with Indian Rupee symbol design.
    4. No marks or grades were allotted to selected (2644) candidates design entries, in the process of shortlisting top five finalist design entries.
    5. Jury had spends less than 20 seconds on each design entries to analyze it .
    6. Three jury member were absent in two days long meeting dated 29th Sept. and 30th Sept. 2009.
    7. One jury member from Ministry of Culture was absent on the day of final presentation.
    8. All seven jury member had never meet in this whole selection process in any given time.
    9. No records are available with Finance Ministry which could indicated, how many total design entries Finance Ministry had received ?

  84. Hillarious Krish Sir, hahaha, the “RU” in tamil was the most apt

  85. One unfair advantage that the USD symbol ($) has is, it is already present in all the English keyboards!! So, we could have worked in the reverse direction and selected # (or) @ (or) & as the symbol – provided some other country has not pro-actively thought about it and used it already :)

    Destination Infinity

  86. Brilliant! Enjoyed the Iyer /Iyengar and Reliance symbols immensely

  87. ROFLMAO Krish. I am a Telugu guy, who know a bit of Tamil (read and write too) . I love the Ru symbol in Tamil. I wish I had a fraction of your imagination. The real money and the fake money was fantastic too. Keep the posts coming :-)

  88. As expected from you, Sarcastic on tamil language

  89. Superb! You truly have a gift for writing

  90. Awesome post dude!!! Where are you getting ideas like “Auspicious Ganesh Squiggly” and the final tamil “Ru”!!! Great post!!! :)

  91. Ellaarum galeej pasango!! ellaathayum vittuttu andha “ru”va mattum pudichukitaanunga.. bad boys!

  92. Oh god hilarious! ashok ithukkunu room pootu yosipingala?? epdi epdi?? watte post!

  93. Kalakaringapa ashok. Loved the plastic surgeons stuff and of course the ‘ru’. unga kaal enga irukku ashok!!!!

  94. pinnitinga! as usual as awesome post! may god bless you! :)

  95. awesome dude, i was checking the blog after a very long time.. Lolzz..
    I’m RuFL-ing.. :D

  96. LOL, especially at Mukesh Ambani’s contribution and the Iyengar Design Institute Of Typography.

  97. Krish!! Just look whar ppl have selected as Rupee Symbol

    It looks like a Iyer version to me. Shame for Iyengars :-P

  98. So much to rue!

    Great stuff Ashok

  99. My favorite is RU

  100. The sad part is so much amount of money and time is spent in deciding this. They could have asked a employee in Finance ministry to design this. Not sure why there was a bidding process and then a shortlist and cash reward for designing this. Typical Red tapism

  101. The Tamil Ru proved to be a worthy climax. :)

  102. Pidichidu! Shared on FB :)))

  103. Read this post a few weeks ago…and just loved it! Tweeted it as well :) But it looks like the final winning design is not one of the top five you mentioned here :(

    Very good blog, by the way. Keep ’em coming!

  104. oh well…all I can say is this is the funniest thing i’ve read in a long time! Just what I needed to perk up a boring Friday morning. Amazing stuff – honestly! And being Tamilian (and an Iyer at that) I could relate to it so well. Goof fun! And I’m gonna keep coming back :)

  105. Ok, 134th comment…I want to know how the one that finally made doesn’t seem to be on the list of 5 depicted!

    And…*begin adulatory non-reply-worthy comment* I’ve been forwarding the link to this post to everyone who’s forwarded me the “finally the Rupee gets a symbol” email. Good revenge, thank you!

    AWESOME STUFF MAN… They shud have given u the first prize… atleast 2.5 lakhs, if not the prize…

  107. Awesome.. !!

  108. Super thalaiva ! ‘Minus one’ and ‘Ru’ were the killers :)

  109. they seem to have chosen a symbol that was not listed in the initial shortlisted options. atleast, they shdve tried one of yours.
    anyway when is the next post?

  110. Ofcource the narration and the content is so funny, but it hurts to think that people have been giving biased ideas and suggestions even in deciding the symbol for Indian currency.

    Mera Bharat Mahan!

  111. Hilarious man….way to go!!

  112. this is hilarious.. and the stylized Tamil “Ru” symbol takes the cake

  113. Haha…Awesome! Sexy imagination, am re-tweeting your article. Found this one howlarious too:

    Indian blogosphere is lifting itself it seems! :)

  114. hahaha … really awesome!! the best one being “Ru” at the end .. lovely stuff !!

  115. Like your style of writing and humor…
    But I guess you are slightly obsessed with the Iyer/Iyengar thing :-)

  116. //Mukesh Ambani sent in this symbol,pointing out that he has most of India’s money anyway// LOL…:))

  117. nice concept of creating the rupees symbol……..

  118. Good article……………….Keep on writing these type of themes………

  119. Yaa its a good theme………we should stick on these types of themes……….

  120. Rotfl that was hilarious !!

  121. long time since the last post …… park la busy aaaaaa?

  122. hiiiiiiiiii i am daily visitor of your website. we found nice post here. These word,s are very perfect that the only is the god. i impressed these topic. thanxxxxxxxx for this post

  123. Lol :) this is an amazing analysis! such creativity .. u should be in advertising

  124. RTI Activist exposed : Mismanagement and violation of guidelines in “Indian Rupee Symbol” design competition.

    According to RTI Documents :

    1. Non-eligible candidate was shortlisted in top five finalists. As candidate had submitted four designs.
    2. One finalist was in contact with PMO, Finance Ministry and RBI prior to competition.
    3. Design concept or brief was not put in front of jury along with Indian Rupee symbol design.
    4. No marks or grades were allotted to selected (2644) candidates design entries, in the process of shortlisting top five finalist design entries.
    5. Jury had spends less than 19 seconds on each design entries to analyze it .
    6. Three jury member (with Jury president Smt. Usha throat, Dy Governor RBI )were absent in two days long meeting dated 29th Sept. and 30th Sept. 2009. (Total 3 day meeting 29,30 and 16 Nov. 2009, Total Time 17 Hours)
    7. One jury member from Ministry of Culture was absent all day. (with presentation day 15-12-09)
    8. All seven jury member had never meet in this whole selection process in any given time.
    9. No records are available with Finance Ministry which could indicated, how many total design entries Finance Ministry had received ?
    10. Advertisement was only published in English language. It is violation of RAJBHASHA Act.
    Details of the replies to his some RTI application are posted on the website

  125. the ru was too good:D

    and ambani point was fantastic:d

  126. How could you think like this??? :) Made my day!

  127. why does the Gandhi symbol look like a stick figure guy bending over?

  128. This is super cool.We actually need more posts like this.I liked the one send by the Tamil Chauvinist…wonder why it got rejected :) !!! That’s the best possible ;)

  129. ROFL!
    brilliant! made my day :)

  130. Ha ha! Nice combination of wit, creativity and irreverence! You rock!

  131. Kaaseedhan kadavulappa.

  132. lol!!!! nice!!! sarcastic as always!!!!

  133. haaa haaa…. very nice.

  134. “Auspicious Ganesh Squiggly”

  135. oh, fantastic.

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  139. Wow!! Neva looked at the tamil “ru” that way.
    Thank you for the new perspective.

  140. How the f did i miss this post for so many months.. freaking hilarious

  141. hey !!!
    ur awesome at this !!
    i liked the complex numbers thingy a lot!!….”Iyers International (I-squared for short, “Minus One” for geeks)….” :D :D :D


    Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh had submitted a LPA petition in the Delhi High Court challenging Delhi HC earlier judgment in which court had refused to entertain his petition challenging selection process of New Indian Rupee Symbol.

    After hearing the LPA, Hon’ble Chief Justice and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court in their judgment said “We learned senior counsel appearing for the appellant submitted that he may be permitted to withdraw the appeal as he really does not have the grievance solely because the symbol has not been accepted but he intends to challenge the procedural aspects which are adopted by the Union of India at various levels relating to such kind of works which affect various provisions of the Official Languages Act and many other provisions of various statutes as well as Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

    If we understand the submission of Mr. Sawhney in a proper perspective, he wants to file a petition in the larger public interest.

    In view of the aforesaid, we are inclined to permit the withdrawal of the appeal with liberty to file a Public Interest Litigation with the appropriate pleadings and data which are necessary to sustain a Public Interest Litigation.”

    LPA 310/2011


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