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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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What does 1 dollar buy?

With one Indian Rupee one can buy:
1.One candy, sometimes two mint fresheners
2. One match box
3. One page photocopy
4. Normally one SMS
5. One Indian Mail Postcard (within country)
6.Painkillers, emergency drugs for cardiac attacks (sorbitrate), cure for allergies, indigestion and urinary tract infections.
7. You can get a button sewed in Kolkata for Rs. 1.
8. Eraser, candle, rubber bands, razor blade, nails from hardware store (six for Rs. 1) Zipper puller
6. 5 ml coconut oil sachet.

What does 1 dollar/pound/Franc/Euro or whatever your currency buy?


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  • Jul 3 2013: It's unfortunate everyone thinks you can really buy things for $1 in those Family Dollar stores or Dollarama's or Dollar Trees or what have you. You might pay $1 at the till, but the external cost to the taxpayer and society at large is much more.
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      Jul 6 2013: Explain yourself because that doesn't make any sense.

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