Friday, November 13, 2009

Teenk'pour



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Picked up: "Tankipora or Teenk'pour  near old Secretariat in Srinagar. A place where you could get coin currency in exchange of  cash. And it had been like that, a place to get smaller change, for generations. The place gets its name from 'Teenk'" or 'Tanki' of  the kind issued by Emperor Akbar. Tanki were the copper coin  issued by Akbar from his Ahmadabad, Agra, Kabul, and Lahore mints. System: 10 Tanki (each one weighing 4.15 gram )  = 1 Tanka (230.45 gram)

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He got his first salary - Rs 10. But sadly for him they gave him a ten rupees note. He was absolutely embarrassed. 'How can I hand just this single note to mother? It seems nothing. She would be dejected.'  So he hit upon an idea. He went to Teenk'pour and changed the ten rupee note for 10 paisa coins. Then he went back home and handed over a full jangling bag of coins to his mother. 'Son, they pay you so much salary!  May you prosper more! May you be an afsar soon! Good bless! Urzu! Urzu!' Mother was happy.

3 comments:

  1. I didn't know about this. Interesting.
    Where are you sourcing your images from? They seem recent..and so beautiful.
    Did you go to Kashmir anytime in the recent past?

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  2. Thanks for the comment! Took these photographs last year in June.

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