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 well..money. 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

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  1. 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..

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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😀

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

  6. 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

  7. 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”

  8. hai KA ,

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

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

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

    1. @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

      1. Vadagalai is a U and not V. As you say, the tail is missing, so it neither qualifies as vadagalai or thengalai. Or maybe Ashok wanted to incorporate both sects in, well, one stroke.

        1. Vadakalai is U, but lack of tail makes it non thenkalai😛 Any case, lots of people make it V ish, with the bottom intersection smoothened out. Shall we discuss more on subsects of Vadakalai like Ahobila Mutt naamam and Anadavan😛

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. “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!

  14. “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?

  15. 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!!😀

  16. 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.

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

    According to RTI Documents : http://www.saveindianrupeesymbol.org

    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 ?

  19. 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

  20. 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:-)

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

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. 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:)

  25. 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!

  26. 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?

  27. 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!

  28. 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
    http://www.saveindianrupeesymbol.org

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

  31. INDIAN RUPEE SYMBOL CHALLENGING IN DELHI HIGH COURT, JUDGMENT DATED 31 MARCH 2011

    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

    Source-
    http://www.saveindianrupeesymbol.org

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